Eugene V. Biel-Bienne papers and Eugene V. Biel-Bienne estate papers

Collection ID:
Biel-Bienne, Eugene V., 1902-1969
Physical Description:
5 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of painter and instructor Eugene Biel-Bienne and Eugene V. Biel-Bienne estate measure 5.0 linear feet and date from 1929-1974. Included are biographical material; correspondence regarding the French-American Art Institute, letters from artists and photocopies of correspondence with family members; photographs and negatives of Biel-Bienne and his wife, Hertha Maria Biel, and works of art; writings consisting of Biel-Bienne's unpublished memoir, "Close to the Exit," (1967) and drafts of his short stories; and printed material.
Scope and Contents
Papers concerning the administration of the Biel-Bienne estate and the distribution of his works of art consist of correspondence, tax returns and other legal and financial records. Most of the letters are from the executor, Robert A. Baldwin, and Martha Ertl, sister-in-law of Biel-Bienne.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Eugene V. Biel-Bienne (1902-1969) was a painter and instructor who worked in Nashville, Tenn. Biel-Bienne was Director of the French-American Art Institute from 1956 to 1959.

Existence and Location of Copies
Card index on 35mm microfilm reel 5042 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Card index Originals returned to lender after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1995 and 2017 by Paul Harmon, friend of Biel-Bienne and co-executor of his estate.Material on reel 5042 lent for microfilming by Paul Harmon in 1995.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing 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.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives are materials lent for microfilming (reel 5042) including a card index of art work, containing approximately 3,075 5x7 cards cataloging works of art by Biel-Bienne in his estate, prepared by his executors in the early 1970s. Each card includes a b&w photograph of the work, title, medium and support, date, exhibition history, and information about the signature, collection, location, and other reproductions.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, Modern -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- Tennessee -- Nashville Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Biel-Bienne, Eugene V., 1902-1969 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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