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Guy Pène du Bois papers, circa 1900-1963

Pène Du Bois, Guy, 1884-1958

Painter, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 2.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and art critic Guy Pène du Bois measure 2.2 inear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1963 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1920 to 1963. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal and professional correspondence, including letters from Royal Cortissoz and Edward Hopper; writings, including essays, short stories, drafts of the autobiography "Artists Say the Silliest Things", journals and journal entries; personal business records; printed material; and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter and art critic Guy Pène du Bois (1884-1958) lived and worked in New York City, New York and was known for his realist paintings, essays, and art reviews.


The Guy Pène du Bois papers were donated by Pène du Bois' daughter, Yvonne McKenney, in 1971. Two journals were donated in 2017 by Martha Fleischman.

Related Materials

The Archives also holds the Guy Pßene du Bois and Mary Lightfoot Tarleton correspondence.


Processing of this collection was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Sketches and etching proofs, Reel 29: Originals returned to Yvonne McKenney and William Pene du Bois after microfilming.