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Forrest Bess letters to L. E. and Patricia Cooke, circa 1963-1964

Bess, Forrest, 1911-1977

Painter

Overview

Collection Information

Size: 0.01 Linear feet

Summary: The Forrest Bess letters to L.E. and Patricia Cooke, date from circa 1963-1964 and consist of photocopies of two letters and twelve slides of two paintings. Bess writes concerning two paintings owned by the Cookes, and discusses Carl Jung, and the reactions of the unconscious to Bess's work.

The Forrest Bess letters to L.E. and Patricia Cooke, date from circa 1963-1964 and consist of photocopies of two letters and twelve slides of two paintings. Bess writes concerning two paintings owned by the Cookes, and discusses Carl Jung, and the reactions of the unconscious to Bess's work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Forrest Bess (1911-1977) was a painter and fisherman in Bay City, Texas, known for his generally small, abstract, biomorphic paintings, and his ideas on the merging of masculine and feminine energy. L.E. and Patricia Cooke were art collectors.

Provenance

Donated 1986 by Patricia (Mrs. L.E.) Cooke as part of AAA's Texas Project.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the Forrest Bess photographs and slides, the Forrest Bess letters, the Dana Friis-Hansen papers on Forrest Bess, the Louis Waldman research material on Forrest Bess, and the Rosalie Berkowitz papers relating to Forrest Bess.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original letters are in the possession of the donor.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

The collection was digitized in 2021 and is available on the Archives of American Art website.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

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How to Cite This Collection

Forrest Bess letters to L. E. and Patricia Cooke, circa 1963-1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.