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A Finding Aid to the Karl Knaths papers, 1890-1973, bulk 1922-1971 | Digitized Collection

Karl Knaths papers, 1890-1973, bulk 1922-1971

Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971

Painter, Educator, Printmaker

This site provides access to the papers of Karl Knaths in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 11,899 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 8.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of cubist painter Karl Knaths measure 8.9 linear feet and date from 1890 to 1973, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1922 to 1971. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, four diaries, 22 notebooks and notes on theoretical color and compositional approaches to painting, published and draft copies of essays on art, miscellaneous printed material, and 132 sketchbooks and additional artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Karl Knaths (1891-1971), born Otto G. Knaths, lived and worked in Provincetown, Massachusetts and was known for his cubist style of painting.

Provenance

In 1962, a selection of Karl Knaths's papers were loaned to the Archives of American Art for microfilming. Upon Knath's death in 1972, these papers, along with additional materials, were willed to the Archives. Additional material from Knaths's estate were donated by his executor, Kenneth Desmarais, in 1977 and 1980.

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Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • 1 v. sketchbook, reel D81: Original returned to lender, Karl Knaths, after microfilming