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Letter from Erle Loran to Richard J. Wattenmaker, 1976 May 25

Loran, Erle, 1905-1999

Painter, Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 2 Pages

Summary: Letter from Erle Loran, Berkeley, Calif., to "Mr. Wattenmaker," Toronto, thanking him for sending "the magnificent catalogue of your Puvis de Chavannes exhibition. I realize how much we have forgotten about Puvis and how far reaching his influence on modern french painting was." He mentions Puvis' influence on Seurat and Cézanne, and congratulates Wattenmaker on "a very important piece of scholarship."

Biographical/Historical Note

Loran (1905-1999) was a painter, writer, teacher at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of "Cézanne's Compositions: Analysis of his Form, With Diagrams and Photographs of his Motifs" (1943-1963). In 1976, Richard J. Wattenmaker was Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, where he curated the exhibition "Puvis de Chavannes and the Modern Tradition," October 24-November 30, 1975.


Donated 2000 by Richard J. Wattenmaker.

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Letter from Erle Loran to Richard J. Wattenmaker, 1976 May 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.