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WIlliam Clutz papers, 1930-2016

Clutz, William, 1933-


Collection Information

Size: 3.1 Linear feet; 11 Gigabytes

Summary: The papers of New York painter William Clutz measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1930-2016. The collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, printed material, photographic material, artworks, and twelve sketchbooks which illuminate the career and artistic development of Clutz, a painter known for depictions of figures in urban settings. The photographic material is particularly robust and includes hundreds of photographs, slides, transparencies, and digital images of Clutz, family, friends, his painting, as well as documentation of exhibition installations. Artwork and sketchbooks in pencil, pastel, and charcoal provide a glimpse into the preliminary stages of his work process.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Clutz (1933- ) is a painter and art instructor who lived in New York City from 1955-1996 and now resides in Rhinebeck, New York. He was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and later studied at the Mercersburg Academy and University of Iowa before moving to New York City. Clutz's paintings, pastels, and charcoal drawings often depict figures in urban landscapes, with light playing a key role in composition and mood. He has exhibited with a number of galleries over the past several decades including the Bertha Schaefer Gallery, Brooke Alexander Gallery, Alonzo Gallery, Tatistcheff Gallery, the Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, and others. In addition to his career as a professional artist, Clutz taught painting and drawing at Parsons the New School for Design from 1970-1992.


Donated to the Archives of American Art between 1980-2016 by William Clutz.

Language Note

Collection is in English