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Michael Loew papers, 1930-1997

Michael Loew papers, 1930-1997

Loew, Michael, 1907-1985

Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear feet (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, business and financial records, works of art, and printed material document the career of painter and educator Michael Loew.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in New York City, Michael Loew (1907-1985) studied at the Art Students League from 1926-1929, Academie Scandinave in Paris from 1929-1930, the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art from 1947-1949, and at the Atelier Fernand Leger from 1949-1950. Loew worked as a stained glass artist from 1926 to 1929, and painted murals with Willem de Kooning for the New York World's Fair of 1939. Between 1956 and 1966, he taught painting at the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, and at the School of Visual Arts in New York.


Material on reel N68-94 lent for microfilming 1968 by Michael Loew; approximately 50 letters and an artists' statement were later received in subsequent donations. Additional papers were donated in 1981-1982 by Loew, and in 1994 and 2008 by his widow, Mildred C. Loew, a portion of which was microfilmed on reel 5053. The photograph of Loew and de Kooning taken by Rose Slivka was donated by Loew's niece, Jackie Cohen, in 2007.

Location of Originals

  • Reel N68-94: Originals returned to Michael Loew after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels N68-94 and 5053 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Microfilmed portion must be accessed on film. Use of original papers requires an appointment.

How to Cite This Collection

Michael Loew papers, 1930-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.