Louis Grell 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

.25 linear foot (1 box) and 1 oversize portfolio of material consisting of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, and photographs of paintings and murals relating to the work of American mural painter Louis Grell. Materials include brochures for Daprato Statuary Company, New York, and a rendering of the Stations of the Cross, ranging in date from 1918 to 1957.

Biographical Historical Note

Louis Grell, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, studied at the School of Applied Arts in Hamburg, Germany, and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He lived in New York before moving to Chicago to teach at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He later taught at the Art Institute of Chicago. Grell was primarily known for his portraits and murals, particularly his decorations for theaters.