Joseph Meert collection

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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

272 slides of images of paintings mostly by Joseph Meert and few by his wife Margaret Mullin-Meert. The collection complements the 37 paintings by Joseph Meert in the museum’s collection.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Brussels, Belgium, Joseph Meert was raised in the U.S., studied with Thomas Hart Benton at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he taught from 1935 to 1941, and painted murals for the WPA. Meert, a close friend of Jackson Pollock, painted geometric abstraction in the late 1940s, progressing to abstract expressionism in the 1950s.