Skip to main content

Series 2 | A Finding Aid to the Oscar Bluemner papers, 1886-1939, 1960 | Digitized Collection

Oscar Bluemner papers, 1886-1939, 1960

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1889-1936
0.2 linear feet
Box 1

This series contains Oscar Bluemner's scattered personal and professional correspondence, over half of which is in German, and all letters written prior to 1904 are in German. Early correspondence is with his family and with close friend Oscar Klein. Other correspondence is with fellow artists George Ferdinand Of, Edward Bruce, Stefan Hirsch, Ernest Fiene, and Arnold Friedman and with art collectors and patrons Aline Liebman, Ludwig Vogelstein, Margaret Lewisohn, Albert Rothbart, and Walter Hochschild, primarily discussing the purchase of Bluemner's work. Many of these letters are annotated by Bluemner with notes regarding the correspondent and how he met them. Of note are letters from art dealer Stephan Bourgeois, and two letters from Alfred Stieglitz (1919 and 1927). Additional letters are from the Whitney Studio (later the Whitney Museum of American Art) regarding the purchase and exhibition of his work, and letters from other galleries and museums regarding the possibility of exhibiting his work. There is a small amount of correspondence between Bluemner and art historian and friend John Davis Hatch, and a typescript of "An Open Letter and A Private Opinion" (1932) which Bluemner sent to various people and publications.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically, followed by annotated envelopes which originally contained some of the letters, but were separated at some point prior to processing.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1889-1895
(2 folders)
1
17-18
Correspondence, 1902-1936
(9 folders)
1
19-27
Undated Correspondence, circa 1889-1936
1
28
Envelopes originally containing correspondence, circa 1930s
1
29

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.