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Jane Wade papers regarding Curt Valentin, 1903-1971

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Series 1: Jane Wade Papers Regarding Curt Valentin , 1903-1971
0.6 linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Valentin's biographical material is in German and includes his baptismal certificate, a report book from Hamburg University, a letter of recommendation from Commetersche Kunsthandlung, a 1937 permit authorizing Valentin to buy and sell the work of German artists outside Germany, and his 1950 passport.
Valentin's correspondence is primarily with artists and includes letters from Ben-Zion, Reg Butler, Alexander Calder, Jan Cox, Lyonel Feininger, John Flannagan, Barbara Hepworth, Karl Knaths, Gerhard Marcks, André Masson, Henry Moore, Clifford Odets, Carl Pickhardt, Alton Pickens, John Piper, Kurt Roesch, and Graham Sutherland. There are also photocopies of three letters in German from Georg Kolbe. Many of the letters are substantial and provide details about the artists and their work. Also found are a letter vouching for Valentin's loyalty to the United States from Alfred Barr, and two 1942 letters from France from art dealer Henry Kahnweiler, containing news of European artists including Picasso and André Masson.
Jane Wade's correspondence extends to her time working for Otto Gerson at Fine Arts Associates, and includes letters from some of the artists whose work was handled by Curt Valentin, including Alexander Calder, Lois Dailey, and Henry Moore. There are also thirteen letters and telegrams from David Smith, with some responses from Jane Wade and Otto Gerson, which document exhibitions and details of his artist-dealer relationship with Gerson and include sketches of his sculpture with information about prices. Also found in Wade's correspondence are letters from Gertrude Lennart and Marino Marini. Lennart describes the last days of Valentin's life as she accompanied him on a visit to Marini in Italy in August 1954.
There are three folders of condolence letters written upon Valentin's death, from artists, museum and gallery professionals, and other colleagues and friends.
Writings and notes include two appreciations of Valentin written after his death by André Masson and Henry Moore, and a sheet of notes written by John Flannagan with an accompanying note entitled "Some of Johns' thoughts...."
Printed material is comprised of news clippings of obituaries and reviews of a memorial exhibition for Valentin, in addition to a complete set of bound exhibition catalogs for Buchholz Gallery from 1937-1948. Also found is a bound collection of 1929 exhibition catalogs for Galerie Alfred Flechtheim.
Artwork includes a Christmas card from Valentin designed by an artist whose name is illegible; a print by Gerhard Marcks; and a colored pencil sketch of "127 Evil Eye II" on Curt Valentin letter head, with an address on the Rue de Seine written beside it.
Photographs include two of Valentin in his gallery and two of an unidentified woman, possibly Jane Wade, in the gallery; a folder of photographs of Valentin's apartment showing his art collection; a photo of a Robert Osborn cartoon about Valentin; and a photo of "Portrait of Curt Valentin" by Jacques Lipchitz.
Papers are grouped by type. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically and includes notes at the folder level of correspondents found in each folder.
Description Container Select
Biographical Material, 1903-1936
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Biographical Material, Passport, 1950
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2
Correspondence
Curt Valentin Correspondence, B, 1940-1952
Barr, Alfred; Ben-Zion; Butler, Reg
1
3
Curt Valentin Correspondence, C, circa 1944
Calder, Alexander; Cox, Jan
1
4
Curt Valentin Correspondence, F, circa 1939-circa 1942
Feininger, Lyonel; Flannagan, John; Flesch, Tetta
1
5
Curt Valentin Correspondence, H, circa 1942
Hayter; Hepworth, Barbara
1
6
Curt Valentin Correspondence, K, circa 1938-circa 1942
Kahnweiler, Henry; Kirchner; Knaths, Karl; Kolbe, Georg
1
7
Curt Valentin Correspondence, M, circa 1937-circa 1954
Maillol; Marcks, Gerhard; Masson, André; Moore, Henry
1
8
Curt Valentin Correspondence, O-P, circa 1947-circa 1948
Odets, Clifford; Pickhardt, Carl; Pickens, Alton; Piper, John
1
9
Curt Valentin Correspondence, R-S, 1944-1951
Roesch, Kurt; Sutherland, Graham
1
10
Curt Valentin Correspondence, Unidentified/Illegible, 1938-1954
1
11
Jane Wade Correspondence, A-B, 1954
Albright Art Gallery; Beckmann, Quappi
1
12
Jane Wade Correspondence, C-D, circa 1954
Calder, Alexander; Dailey, Lois
1
13
Jane Wade Correspondence, G-L, circa 1954-1962
Grohmann, Will; Lefebvre-Foinet
1
14
Jane Wade Correspondence, M-P, 1954-1971
Maurice; Marini, Marino; Moore, Henry; Ness, June; Pickens, Alton
1
15
Jane Wade Correspondence, Smith, David, circa 1957-circa 1961
1
16
Jane Wade Correspondence, Smith, David, circa 1954
1
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Jane Wade Correspondence, Z and Unidentified/Illegible, 1954
Zette
1
18
Condolence Letters after Valentin's Death, A-H, 1954
1
19
Condolence Letters after Valentin's Death, I-Z, 1954
1
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Condolence Letters after Valentin's Death, Unidentified/Illegible, 1954
1
21
Writings and Notes
Appreciations of Valentin by André Masson and Henry Moore, 1954
1
22
Notes by John Flannagan, circa 1930s
1
23
Short Story "Little Bush" by Unidentified Author, undated
1
24
Business Records
List of Clients/Contacts, circa 1955
1
25
List of "Picasso Items Sold by the Valentin Gallery", circa 1950
1
26
List of "Some Important Curt Valentin Exhibitions", circa 1955
1
27
Printed Material
Clippings, Obituaries, 1954
1
28
Exhibition Catalogs, Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, 1929
2
1
Exhibition Catalogs, Buchholz Gallery, 1937-1941
2
2
Exhibition Catalogs, Buchholz Gallery, 1943-1944
2
3
Exhibition Catalogs, Buchholz Gallery, 1944-1945
2
4
Exhibition Catalogs, Buchholz Gallery, 1945-1946
2
5
Exhibition Catalogs, Buchholz Gallery, 1946-1947
2
6
Exhibition Catalogs, Buchholz Gallery, 1947-1948
2
7
Artwork, circa 1940s
2
8
Photographs of Valentin and Gallery, circa 1940s
2
9
Photographs of Valentin's Apartment, circa 1940s
2
10
Photographs of Artwork, circa 1940s
2
11

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