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Valentine Gallery records, circa 1890-1960

Valentine Gallery records, circa 1890-1960

Valentine Gallery (New York, N.Y.)

Collection Information

Size: 1.8 linear feet

Summary: The records of the New York City based Valentine Gallery measure 1.8 linear feet and date from circa 1890 to 1960. The bulk of the material documents the gallery's dealings with artists Louis Eilshemius, John Kane, Henri Matisse, and C.S. Price. Additionally, there is one scrapbook which contains printed materials regarding Valentine Gallery exhibitions from 1925-1936.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Valentine Gallery was founded by F. Valentine Dudensing in 1924 and operated in New York City until 1948.

Provenance

The Valentine Gallery records were donated by gallery founder, Valentine Dudensing in 1958. Some materials regarding Louis Eilshemius were donated by Roy R. Neuberger in 1959. Neuberger received the Eilshemius material from Valentine Dudensing.

A Finding Aid to the Valentine Gallery Records, circa 1890-1960, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Jayna M. Josefson
Scope and Contents note
The records of the New York City based Valentine Gallery measure 1.8 linear feet and date from circa 1890 to 1960. The bulk of the material documents the gallery's dealings with artists Louis Eilshemius, John Kane, Henri Matisse, and C.S. Price. Additionally, there is one scrapbook which contains printed materials regarding Valentine Gallery exhibitions from 1925-1936.
The artist's file for Eilshemius contains biographical information; correspondence between Valentine Dudensing and the artist, as well scattered letters from Carl Van Vecten, Alfred H. Barr, and museums and institutions; writings and notes; price lists and other financial and legal documents; printed material from Eilshemius's varied career and from his affiliation with the Valentine Gallery; photographs including portraits of the artist, and photos of installations and of works of art; and a scrapbook containing clippings and scattered other printed materials covering Eilshemius's shows at the Valentine Gallery.
Artists' files for John Kane, Henri Matisse, and C.S. Price contain scattered documentation. The file for John Kane includes correspondence between Valentine Dudensing and Kane's estate managers as well as museums and institutions, price lists, legal records, and printed materials. There are two letters from Henri Matisse to Valentine Dudensing regarding travel plans and a thank you message. The C.S. Price file consists of letters from Price regarding specific works of art, and scattered financial records.
A scrapbook dates from 1925-1936 and includes newspaper and magazine clippings about exhibitions and artists represented by the Valentine Gallery. Artists and exhibitions mentioned in the clippings include Alexander Brook, Giorgio de Chirico, Stuart Davis, Jean Lucrat, Carlos Merida, and Joseph Stella. Also, there is a poster created by Valentine Dudensing to fundraise for ambulances for France.
Biographical/Historical note
The Valentine Gallery was founded by F. Valentine Dudensing in 1924 and operated in New York City until 1948. The gallery hosted many exhibitions of Modern European art and specialized in School of Paris paintings.
F. Valentine Dudensing was born in 1892 in New York City. His father, Richard Dudensing was a well known art publisher and gallerist who owned the engraving firm R. Dudensing and Son. Valentine served in World War I in the United States Aviation Corps and in 1918, married Hortense Garside. During a trip to Europe in the early 1920s, Dudensing became acquainted with the son of artist Henri Matisse, Pierre. Together, they conceived a gallery managed by Dudensing in New York while Matisse organized and curated art from Europe.
Dudensing opened his gallery in 1924 at 45 W.44th Street in New York City, the former location of his father's art publishing business. First known as Dudensing Gallery, the establishment was renamed F. Valentine Dudensing (1926) and finally changed to Valentine Gallery. The gallery was one of the first to bring Modern European works to New York City and hosted exhibitions of Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Lurçat, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and André Dunoyer de Segonzac. Additionally, Valentine Gallery represented American artists including Louis Eilshemius, John Kane, and C.S. Price. Pierre Matisse left the partnership with Valentine Dudensing to open his own gallery in 1931.
In 1948, Valentine Dudensing closed his gallery and moved to France with his wife. He died around 1967.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as 2 series.
Series 1: Artists Files, circa 1890-1960 (Box 1, 3; 1.3 linear feet)
Series 2: Scrapbook, 1925-1936 (Box 2, 4; 0.5 linear feet)
Provenance
The Valentine Gallery records were donated by gallery founder, Valentine Dudensing in 1958. Some materials regarding Louis Eilshemius were donated by Roy R. Neuberger in 1959. Neuberger received the Eilshemius material from Valentine Dudensing.
Processing Information note
The Valentine Gallery records were microfilmed shortly after receipt on reels D22, D193, NY59-5, 911, 3829-3830 and 4781. All accretions were integrated and fully processed and described by Jayna Josefson in 2013 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Valentine Gallery records, circa 1890-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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