Paula Gerard Renison dance sketches

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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

0.9 linear feet (1 box) of material consisting of six pencil sketches of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancers drawn by artist Paula Gerard Renison during rehearsals and performances at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, 1938–1939. The collection also includes a resume of Paula Gerard compiled by Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, around 1990.

Biographical Historical Note

Artist, printmaker, teacher, and arts administrator Paula Gerard was born in England. She studied art in Florence, Venice, Paris, and Brussels. After moving to the United States in 1936, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, and worked at the Midway Studios at the University of Chicago. She was an instructor at both the Layton School and the Midway Studios. In addition to her work as a printmaker and a painter in oils and watercolors, she illustrated several books.