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Louis Wiesenberg papers, 1916-1981

Louis Wiesenberg papers, 1916-1981

Wiesenberg, Louis, 1893-1943

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of painter Louis Wiesenberg measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1913 to 1981. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters - mostly written by his widow Raizel Wiesenberg attempting to organize a posthumous exhibition; notes and writings, including manuscripts describing Wiesenberg's thoughts on art; numerous drawings of figure studies and landscapes; printed material, including catalogs from exhibitions by obscure organizations such as the Level Club and the Society of Independent Artists; and photographs of Wiesenberg, his family and his artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Wiesenberg (1893-1943) was born in Poland and studied art in Montreal and at the National Academy of Design in New York.

Provenance

Donated 1981-1982 by Mrs. Raizel Wiesenberg Arp, widow of Wiesenberg.

A Finding Aid to the Louis Wiesenberg Papers, 1913-1981, in the Archives of American Art
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Author
Finding aid prepared by Jean Fitzgerald
Biographical Note
Louis Wiesenberg (1893-1943) was born in Poland and studied art in Montreal and at the National Academy of Design in New York. He settled in New York where he painted and drew. He later moved back to Montreal, but continued to exhibit in New York.
In 1909, Wiesenberg immigrated to Montreal, Canada, with his father and two sisters, leaving his mother and three other sisters in Poland until money could be sent for their passage. His father, who had studied painting in Paris, established a small paint shop in which Louis learned about paint, brushes, and other artistic tools.
After studying art at the Monument Nationale School in Montreal, Louis Wiesenberg continued his studies at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1916. Following the death of his eldest sister in 1917, Wiesenberg returned to Montreal to assist in his father's business, but continued to exhibit his artwork in Montreal, Ottawa, and New York.
In 1922 Wiesenberg married Raizel, a singer, and they eventually settled in New York City. They befriended many artists, including Milton Avery and Mark Rothko. In 1928, a series of portrait drawings of authors by Wiesenberg was published in the
Herald Tribune
. He also worked at various art-related jobs including teaching art at a children's camp in order to make ends meet. During the Depression, Wiesenberg's health began to fail.
Louis Wiesenberg died on December 22, 1943 in New York City.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
Series 1: Biographical Material, 1916-1981 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Letters, 1917-1981 (Box 1; 7 folders)
Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1939-1943 (Box 1; 4 folders)
Series 4: Artwork, 1927-1932 (Box 1; 19 folders)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1924-1944 (Boxes 1-2; 7 folders)
Series 6: Photographs, 1913-1973 (Box 2; 5 folders)
Scope and Content Note
The papers of painter Louis Wiesenberg measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1913 to 1981. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters - mostly written by his widow Raizel Wiesenberg attempting to organize a posthumous exhibition; notes and writings, including manuscripts describing Wiesenberg's thoughts on art; numerous drawings of figure studies and landscapes; printed material, including catalogs from exhibitions by obscure organizations such as the Level Club and the Society of Independent Artists; and photographs of Wiesenberg, his family and his artwork.
Provenance
Donated 1981-1982 by Mrs. Raizel Wiesenberg Arp, widow of Wiesenberg.
Processing Information
The papers were processed in February 2007 by Jean Fitzgerald.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Louis Wiesenberg papers, 1916-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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