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A Finding Aid to the Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959 | Digitized Collection

Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959

Bohm, Max, 1868-1923

Painter

This site provides access to the papers of Max Bohm in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2017, and total 9,650 images.

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

Collection Information

Size: 5.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Max Bohm measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1873-1970, with the bulk of the material dating from 1880-1959. Biographical material includes a file concerning the Provincetown artist's club The Beachcombers. Also found within the papers is detailed family correspondence, as well as general correspondence that includes exchanges with patron Mary Beecher Longyear and dealer William Macbeth. Also found are scattered business records; five diaries written by Bohm's wife Zella; other notes and writings; art work including sketchbooks, loose drawings, and oil paintings; printed material; and photographs of Bohm, his family, and colleagues including artists attending a Salmagundi dinner. There is also a motion picture film, "Six Foot Art, in Which Max Bohm, Member of the National Academy Tells How He Does It."

Biographical/Historical Note

Max Bohm (1868-1923) was a painter in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Max Bohm was born on January 21, 1868, in Cleveland, Ohio. He began his study of art in 1887 and studied in artist communities in Brittany and in Paris at the Academie Julian with Boulanger, Lefebvre, and Benjamin Constant. He and his family spent the next several decades moving between France, England, and various places in the U.S. Eventually, they settled in Bronxville, New York and had a cottage in Provincetown, Massachussets, where Bohm died on September 19, 1923.

Provenance

The Max Bohm papers were donated in two installments in 1972 by Esther Locke and Elizabeth Schwarz, the artist's daughters.

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Funding

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

Location of Originals

  • Reels 420-421: Originals returned to Kathryn Locke after microfilming.