Stephen Deutch and Alfred Deutch papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Stephen Deutch and Alfred Deutch papers (9 linear feet [8 boxes], 10 sound cassettes) consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, photographs, marketing materials, exhibition labels, press materials, and publications relating to Stephen Deutch and Alfred Deutch, primarily their lives and work while residing in Chicago. Published work in this collection document the fine art and commercial work of each brother, especially Stephen's later published work (1970s–1990s).

Biographical Historical Note

The Deutch brothers were born in Budapest, Hungary, Stephen in 1908 and Alfred in 1902. Moving to Chicago in the 1920s, Alfred worked as a graphic artist for local clients such as the magazine the Chicagoan, but did not attain a high degree of commercial success. Alfred died in 1931. Stephen Deutch was a commercial photographer who had an eminent parallel career in editorial and artistic photographic work. He was also a noted sculptor. He studied woodcarving and sculpture in Budapest and subsequently learned the art and profession of photography by working with his wife, Helene Deutch, an established photographer in Paris in the early 1930s. They did commercial, portrait and fashion photography in a studio there before coming to Chicago in 1936. Beginning with Cornet magazine, based in Chicago, Deutch did work for many other magazines and for newspapers, as well as for major department stores and advertising agencies. After closing his studio in 1983, he returned to his first passion, sculpture.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Pista : the many faces of Stephen Deutch, Chicago History Museum.