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titleAndré Level letters received, 1899-1936
locationThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleCollection consists of ca. 66 letters and postcards received from several artists including Maurice Denis (1914), André Derain (1914-1915), André Dunoyer de Segonzac (1912-1914), A. E. Othon Friesz (1905), René Piot (1899, 1914), and Félix Vallotton (1914).

One group of 13 letters from Augustin Grass-Mick is extensively illustrated and includes vignettes characterizing his experiences during the war (1915-1929). Many of Level’s correspondents were involved in the historic La Peau de l’Ours sale of 1914 and their letters mention payment received from Level. Other letters describe the artists’ personal matters, work and travel. The collection also contains three photographs and 41 black & white reproductions of paintings, many by post-impressionist artists.
extentca. 110 items.
formatsCorrespondence Photographs Holographs
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat76916
record sourcehttp://library.getty.edu/vwebv/searchBasic
updated08/07/2018 17:29:47
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titleAndré Dunoyer de Segonzac correspondence and writings, 1903-1973.
locationThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleThe collection consists of correspondence relating to business and personal matters, photographs of the artist and his work, as well as notes and essays written by Segonzac.

Series I. Letters, 1937-1970: Ca. thirty letters written by Segonzac; thirteen of these are addressed to his friend Julien Cain, Administrateur General of the Bibliotheque Nationale, discussing Cain’s work on a catalogue of Segonzac’s engravings, as well as Cain’s work at the Bibliotheque, and personal matters. Sixteen letters to Germain Bazin, Edouard Righetti, Helen Desjardin, Fred Uhler, the Swiss editor Richard Heyd and others; these primarily concern the artist’s work and private life. This file includes copies of letters to the dealer Andre Level (acc. no. 850779). In chronological order.

Series II. Letters received, 1919-1966: One hundred and five letters written to Segonzac from the Forrer family, Andre Lhote, Ambroise Vollard, Frank Crowninshield, Alice Garret, Nyota-Inyoka, Nicole Groult, Gabriel Paris, Ignacio Zuloaga, Josef Oberberger (1941, illustrated), Andre Luguet, Bobsy and Barney Goodspeed, Mateo Hernandez, Arthur Harris, Anthony Eden, Pierre and Marguerite Falke, Frantz Jourdain, Tosca Favory, the artist’s father, and others. One letter from the Musee Bourdelle contains an essay by Segonzac on Isadora Duncan. Letters are primarily personal in nature, though there is some discussion of Jean Louis Boussingault, exhibitions and the Salon d’Automne. In chronological order.

Series III. Letters received from Louise Hervieu, 1923-1952: Twenty-one letters from the French writer and painter. These include discussion of the planning of her book "L’ame du cirque" with Segonzac and Luc-Albert Moreau, her exhibitions and her poor health (she suffered from hereditary syphilis). With a printed review by Henri Gougerot of Hervieu’s "Le Malade vous parle" and a copy of her book "Le Crime," in which she has written a note to Segonzac. In chronological order.

Series IV. Photographs: Eight photographs (some inscribed) of Segonzac, and five photographs of the artist’s work.
Series V. Essays and notes: A 6 p. autobiographical essay entitled "Comment je suis devenu graveur," describing the development of Segonzac’s engraving technique; a 4 p. typescript of an interview with Segonzac by Villeboeuf called "Grandeur et permanence de l’art francais" (handwritten corrections have been made to the text by Segonzac). Collection also includes seven pieces of miscellaneous notes by the artist, and one ink drawing of a wounded soldier.

Biographical or Historical Notes:
André Dunoyer de Segonzac, 1884-1974, was a French painter and printmaker.
extentca. 180 items.
formatsCorrespondence Business Papers Personal Papers Writings Printed Materials
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat76414
record sourcehttp://library.getty.edu/vwebv/searchBasic
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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titleHenri Matisse letters, 1904-1953.
locationThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleCollection contains ca. 105 letters to several correspondents including Andre Level, Christian Zervos, Andre Lhote, Charles Thorndike, Henri Donias, and Olga Meerson. Subjects include the sale of paintings, reproductions of his work, publications about the artist, work in progress, and personal matters.

Series I. Letters: 1904-1950. Ca. 50 letters and cards written by Matisse to the dealer Andre Level (1904); Olga Meerson (1908-1910); the psychiatrist Paul Dubois, mostly concerning his opinion of Meerson as an artist (1911); Luc Albert Moreau (1920); Andre Lhote, concerning the selection of his paintings for the Salon des Independants (1936); Raymond Escholier (1941); the painter Jean Claude Sardou (1942); Christian Zervos, concerning an article appearing in "Cahiers d’art" (1949); and Mlle. Luigi commenting on "Jazz" (1943). With one black and white photograph of Matisse (n.d.). In chronological order.

Series II. Letters to Charles Thorndike and Henri Donias, 1924-1953. Ca. fifty-five personal letters to close friends Charles Thorndike, Mme. Thorndike and Henri Donias. The correspondence covers all topics, from the health of Matisse and his wife to his work and other subjects of interest. Two notes to Thorndike are signed "Janet," apparently written by Matisse as a joke. Of particular interest in this series is a 12 p. typescript list of the books in Matisse’s personal library (1943 May). In chronological order.

Author:
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954, French painter and sculptor.
extentca. 105 items.
formatsCorrespondence Holographs
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat76424
record sourcehttp://library.getty.edu/vwebv/searchBasic
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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titleLetters received by André Level, 1908-1949 (bulk 1920-1939).
locationThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleThe collection comprises correspondence received by André Level, owner of the Galerie Percier in Paris, from artists, art critics and intellectuals. Most of his thirty-one correspondents are well known names, such as Charles Angrand, Cocteau, Dérain, Gide, André Beaudin, Anatole Jakovsky, the brothers Dufy, Fernand Léger, Othon Friesz, André Salmon, and Waldemar George (Galerie Jeanne Bucher).

They send Level mostly letters of recommendation about young artists of the cosmopolitan colony in Paris, whose talent and creativity could be publicized through exhibitions at Galerie Percier. Among the promising talents recommended to Level are Théodore Strawinsky, Simon Bussy, Serge Charchoune, Louis Lozowick, Auguste Herbiou, Irène Lagut, Marius Leblond, Léopold Survage, Fred Mayor. Some of the artists who could continue their career thanks to Level’s help write to express their gratitude. A typical case is the young Spaniard Pere Pruna, whose eight letters illustrate his evolution from financial dependency to a successful exhibit in London. Interesting also are the letters from Torres-García. After being helped by Level in Paris, he moves to Madrid, where his exhibitions, lectures and sales enjoy a rapid success. He plans to organize a "cercle des Beaux-Arts" and an exhibition of international art in Madrid, which seems to be a safe haven in 1933. The persecutions against Jews bring a lot of foreigners to Spain, and he thinks that part of the big German and Hollywood film industries are going to move there too.
extent64 items.
formatsCorrespondence
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat355991
record sourcehttp://library.getty.edu/vwebv/searchBasic
finding aidDealer’s alphabetical list of correspondents with short notations available in the repository’s research file.
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titlePaul Gauguin letters and writings, 1879-1903.
locationThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleCollection consists of letters to Camille Pissarro, Emile Schuffenecker, Emile Bernard and to several other correspondents; letters of Mette Gauguin to Pissarro and Andre Level; and essays and notes written by Gauguin on social, religious and aesthetic issues.

Series I. Letters: This group of sixteen letters written over a twenty year period treats a wide variety of topics ranging from practical and legal matters to issues in contemporary art. Of special interest are letters to Camille Pissarro concerning potential exhibitions and the promotion of Pissarro’s work (1879-1885); to Emile Schuffenecker discussing the sale of paintings and financial concerns (1885-1890); to Emile Bernard describing in detail his plans for an "atelier du Tropique" and commenting on "primitive" life; to Henri Bataille, director of the Journal des Artistes, musing on the "style nouveau" in painting and the decorative arts (1894); and to the French lawyer and newspaper editor Leonce Brault protesting racial injustice in Tahiti. Other correspondents include Ambroise Vollard, George Daniel de Monfried and William Mollard. Collection also includes letters by Gauguin’s wife Mette to Camille Pissarro recommending the painter Mogens Ballin and to the art dealer Andre Level (1914). Also included is a brief letter from Gustave Geffroy to Gauguin.

Series II. Essays and notes: Consists of several sheets of an essay on social issues including the education of children, marriage and prostitution; a draft of a letter proposing a book on art and commenting on the "madness" of Van Gogh; and a fragment of a letter describing technical aspects of his work and characterizing contemporary painting in Paris. Also includes 7 p. of notes containing musings on spiritual matters - the saints, the writings of Paul, the Bible and the parables of Jesus. With two pencil sketches and a note from Louis Vauxcelles verifying the authenticity of the manuscript (1932).
extent24 items.
formatsCorrespondence Notes Writings
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10020/cat76082
record sourcehttp://library.getty.edu/vwebv/searchBasic
updated11/12/2014 11:29:52
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