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King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982

King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982

Vidor, King, 1894-1982

Collector, Filmmaker

Collection Information

Size: 2.0 linear ft. + 2 reels motion picture film

Summary: Correspondence, printed material, photographs, and film outtakes (transferred to videotape) regarding Vidor as art collector and his work on a film about Andrew Wyeth.

Included are: correspondence, 1941-1982, and printed material, 1936-1947, regarding Vidor's purchases, sales and loans, and donations of paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, and Grant Wood, including letters from dealers, buyers, museums, appraisers, and publishers, mainly regarding Benton's "Negro and Alligator" and Wood's "Arbor Day."

Material relating to Vidor's uncompleted film on Andrew Wyeth, entitled "Metaphor: King Vidor Meets With Andrew Wyeth" includes a letter from Wyeth, 1975, regarding Vidor's film, The Big Parade and "Metaphor," photographs, negatives, and motion picture film outtakes (70 min. transferred to VHS video format), mostly of Vidor's visit with Wyeth and his wife Betsy at Chadd's Ford, Pa., discussing the influence of The Big Parade on Wyeth's work, and including many clips of scenes from The Big Parade.

Biographical/Historical Note

Filmmaker, art collector; Los Angeles, Calif.


Donated 1985 by the King Vidor Trust.

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