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Vaclav Vytlacil papers, 1885-1990

Vytlacil, Vaclav, 1892-1984

Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 5.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of abstract painter and art instructor Vaclav Vytlacil date from 1885-1990 and measure 5.2 linear feet. Found within the papers are scattered biographical materials, correspondence, scattered business and financial records, and notes and writings including lecture notes. The papers also contain audio recordings of interviews of Vytlacil and his associates, artwork by Vytlacil and others, four scrapbooks, printed material including clippings and exhibition catalogs, and photographs of Vytlacil, his colleagues, and his artwork.
Scattered biographical materials include documents relating to family history and biographical accounts for Vytlacil. Correspondence consists of letters exchanged between Vytlacil and his wife Elizabeth, and colleagues including Josef Albers, Worden Day, Hugo Feigl, John Haley, Alfred Jensen, Irving Manoir, Mercedes Matter, Worth Ryder, Ernest Thurn, and Glenn Wessels.
Scattered business and financial records consist of teaching contracts and scattered financial records. Notes and writings include lecture notes, notebooks concerning teaching, minutes of meetings, essays, and writings by others. Three untranscribed sound recordings on cassette contain an interview of Vytlacil by Susan Larsen and interviews of Vytlacil's students and associates.
Artwork consists of drawings and prints by Vytlacil and others, etchings by Betty Vytlacil, and a color woodcut by Zalmar. Four scrapbooks contain printed materials and artwork by students compiled as a get-well gift to Vytlacil. Additional printed materials include numerous clippings, exhibition catalogs, and art school catalogs. Photographs in the collection are of Vytlacil, family members, his artwork, and his colleagues including Blanche Lazzell and Irving Manoir with Diego Rivera. An short reel of 8 mm motion picture film shows views of Manhattan and a family outing.

Biographical/Historical Note

Vaclav Vytlacil (1892-1984) was an abstract painter and art instructor who worked primarily in the New York city area. Born in New York, N.Y. Studied under Hans Hofmann in Munich. Taught at the Art Students League and the Florence Cane Schol of Art, N.Y. He was also one of the co-founders of the American Abstract Artists group.


The Vaclav Vytlacil papers were donated in several installments from 1989 to 1993 by Vaclav Vytlacil's daughter, Anne Vytlacil.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews with Vaclav Vytlacil, March 2, 1966 and January 10, 1974, and 19 items microfilmed on reel 2016 relating to a 1975 Montclair Art Museum exhibition organized by Worden Day.

Location of Originals

  • Reel D295: Originals returned to the lender, Vaclav Vytlacil, after microfilming.