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Morgan Russell papers, 1891-1977

Morgan Russell papers, 1891-1977

Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953

Sculptor, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 6.8 linear ft.

Biographical/Historical Note

Morgan Russell (1886-1953) was a painter and sculptor from New York, N.Y. Russell studied at the Art Students League with James Earle Fraser, Robert Henri, and Andrew Dasburg from 1906-1907, and in Paris in 1908. After meeting Stanton Macdonald-Wright in 1911, he became interested in Synchromism and studied with Canadian color theorist Ernest Tudor-Hart. In 1913 Russell produced the first abstract Synchromies and in 1917 developed a series of Synchromies entitled EIDOS.


The Morgan Russell papers were lent to the Archives of American Art for microfilming by the Montclair Art Museum in 1991. The material was returned to the lender in 1992.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, N.J.

Scope and Contents

These papers present a good overview of Russell's career as a painter and sculptor, with an emphasis on his development of the color theory movement, Synchromism. The papers include correspondence with many prominent individuals who played a role in Russell's artistic development, including Mabel Alvarez, Robert Henri, Walter Huston, Michel Kikoine, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Leo Stein, Igor Stravinsky, and Getrude Vanderbilt Whitney; biographical material primarily documenting his activities in Europe; transcripts of lectures given by Russell; illustrated notebooks and sketches documenting his interest in, and development of, color theory, music and Synchromism; printed material such as exhibition announcements, catalogs and clippings; and photographs of Russell, his wife, friends and artwork.

Microfilm reels 4524-4542 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

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