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Louis Bunce papers, 1890s-1983

Louis Bunce papers, 1890s-1983

Bunce, Louis, 1907-1983

Painter, Educator, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 9.1 linear feet

Summary: Biographical and personal papers; correspondence, 1902-1983, including three letters and printed material from Jackson Pollock, correspondence with Bunce's wife Gloria before and after her marriage to Roy DeForest, letters from Max Weber, jazz clarinetist PeeWee Russell and others; writings; legal documents; sketches and sketchbooks; subject files on organizations and exhibitions; scrapbooks; photographs; financial material, including price lists, inventories of works of art, consignment sheets, tax returns, and bank statements; exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings; publications; four video recordings; an untranscribed interview; and miscellany.

The Jackson Pollock letters to Bunce, 1946, discuss Pollock's move to The Springs on Long Island; upcoming shows; various abstract artists, including Baziotes, Gorky, Gottlieb, Rothko, and Spivak, and mentions his plans to visit Bunce in Oregon. He also sends an exhibition catalogue "First Exhibition Jackson Pollock, Paintings and Drawings November 9-27 [1943]," and an announcement for a painting exhibition, April 2-20 [1946], both at Art of This Century.

The video recordings include: an interview of Bunce conducted by Wendy Wells of Fountain Gallery, circa 1982, produced by CableSystems Pacific (U-matic, circa 40 min.); footage from KGW-TV showing Bunce's retirement party at the Portland Museum School and Bunce hanging his show at the Fountain Gallery (5 min., U-matic); one 30 second video of Bunce painting an outdoor mural, circa 1961, which was used by KGW-TV; and one, "The Jazz Arts," 1961, a Frank Parr Production television show written by Ernie Hood and hosted by Bunce, featuring Bunce painting while "No Way Out" jazz musicians perform. The audio tape (1 5" reel) contains an interview of Bunce conducted by Couch and Rachel Griffin discussing Bunce's exhibition, March 13, 1955.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Bunce (1907-1983) was a painter; Portland, Oregon. Taught painting at the Portland Museum school for over 25 years.


Donated 1984 by Jon Bunce, Louis Bunce's son.

Jackson Pollock letters, catalog and announcement: microfilm reel 3999 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Videos: Not for commercial use. Consult reference staff for citation/credit information.

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