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Paul Riba papers, 1952-1988

Riba, Paul, 1912-1977

Muralist, Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 1.2 Linear feet

Summary: Autobiographical essays; an obituary; awards; letters from the Carnegie Institute, the Society of Illustrators, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Milch Galleries, Grand Central Art Galleries, and others; correspondence with Marvin J. Gross, Don Kingman, Karal Ann Marling, Ernest W. Watson, and others; writings by Riba including an essay on Magic Realism and a draft of a book "Anatomy for the Artist"; sketches; photographs and printed material concerning his commissioned murals for the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (1937), the Cleveland Automobile Club (1947), the Warner and Swasey Company in Cleveland (1953), Statler Hotels, Cleveland, and others; papers concerning the Paul Riba Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Cleveland Institute of Art; photographs of Riba and his paintings; exhibition catalogs and announcements; tearsheets of Riba's illustrations; andnewspaper and magazine clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Muralist, illustrator, educator; Cleveland, Ohio. Riba studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Cleveland Institute of Art. After a career as a mural painter and an illustrator in advertisting, he joined the faculty of The Cleveland Institute of Art, where he taught for fourteen years. Riba's style is often identified as Magic Realism.


Donated 1997 by Nell Riba Hutt.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Paul Riba papers, 1952-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.