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Ilse Getz papers, 1928-1999

Getz, Ilse, 1917-1992

Painter, Sculptor, Collagist

Collection Information

Size: 3.4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of collage artist Ilse Getz measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1928 through 1999, with the bulk of the papers dating from circa 1947-circa 1990. Her personal life is reflected through biographical material including a genealogy of the Bechhold family; marriage and death certificates; and writings that include journals, artist statement, poems and notes. The collection contains letters from friends, artists, collectors, and museum and art gallery representatives; exhibition files; and printed material relating to Getz's exhibitions. Also found are photographs, slides and transparencies of artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ilse Getz (1917-1992) was born in Nuremberg, Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1933. She studied at the Art Students League with George Grosz and Morris Kantor and at the Ozenfant School. Getz was a collage and construction artist active from the 1950s through the 1980. She exhibited at several galleries in New York City including the Bertha Schaefer Gallery and Rosenberg Gallery.


The papers were donated in 2001 by Patricia Getz-Gentle, the daughter of Ilse Getz.

Language Note

This collection is in English, French, German, and Italian.