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Paul Bodin papers, 1932-1981

Paul Bodin papers, 1932-1981

Bodin, Paul, 1910-1994


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear ft.

Summary: Letters from Adolph Gottlieb; photographs of paintings by Bodin; a clipping; and exhibition announcements and catalogs for Bodin.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New York, N.Y.; d. 1994.


Donated by Bodin and by his son, Aaron, 1993.

A Finding Aid to the Paul Bodin Papers,
, in the Archives of American Art
Finding aid prepared by Jean Fitzgerald
Biographical Note
Paul Bodin was born in New York City on October 30, 1910. He studied first at the National Academy of Design, but transferred to the Art Students League in 1928, briefly studying under Boardman Robinson.
During the 1930s and early 1940s, Bodin was part of a circle of artists that included Milton Avery, Mark Rothko, and Adolph Gottlieb, who worked in New York City, and Gloucester and Provincetown, Massachusetts. During the Depression, Bodin worked with the WPA Federal Arts Project, completing many paintings of tenement interiors, portraits of family members, and self-portraits. His first solo exhibition was in 1936.
He made his first abstract paintings in 1945 and exhibited regularly in Manhattan until the early 1960s.
Paul Bodin died on February 15, 1994.
Scope and Content Note
The papers of painter Paul Bodin measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 1932-1981 (bulk dates 1932-1963). Found within the papers are letters from Bodin's mentor, abstract expressionist Adolph Gottlieb. These letters document Bodin's long friendship with Gottlieb and provide details about Gottlieb's activities and interests. There is one letter from Gottlieb's wife, Esther. Also found with the papers are a clipping, exhibition announcements for Bodin, and photographs of Bodin's art work.
Donated by Bodin and by his son, Aaron, 1993.
Processing Information
The papers were processed in November 2005 by Jean Fitzgerald.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Paul Bodin papers, 1932-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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