Archives of American Art

Ernest Fiene papers

Collection ID:
Fiene, Ernest, 1894-
National Academy of Design (U.S.)
Physical Description:
3.8 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 3 reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, notes, photographs and printed materials concern Fiene's painting, publications and other art-related activities.
Scope and Contents
REELS 2353-2355: Correspondence (1926-1957) concerns art-related activities and the American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers (1935-1936). A subject file on the Tupperware Art Fund contains applications (1953-1955) and photographs of Fiene painting. Printed material includes clippings (1930-1960) and exhibition catalogs for Paul Fiene (1933), Ernest Fiene (1926-1959) and the American Artists Council (1936). Three scrapbooks (1923-1961) contain clippings, exhibition catalogs and photographs of Fiene and his artworks. Other materials include a resume, an autobiographical account, a 1938 lecture, "Toward New Horizons", delivered at the Art Students League, and Alex Domonkos' (1954) notes on lectures by various artists, including Fiene's discussion of landscape painting.
Scope and Contents
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence (1957-1964) concerns art-related activities. Photographs show Fiene, working on the mural in the High School for Fashion Industries, and works of art, including murals for the Interior Department and the council room of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Other materials include a manuscript, a typescript and illustrations for Fiene's book COMPLETE GUIDE TO OIL PAINTING (1963-1964), clippings (1940-1964), exhibition catalogs (1964), 2 galley proofs and minutes (1957-1958) from 2 meetings at the National Academy of Design.
Scope and Contents
ADDITION: Letters from friends, including other artists, 1932-1965; passport and membership cards; financial records, consisting of banking records, invoices and receipts, insurance policies, and records of investments; and a few printed items and photographs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, lithographer, etcher, illustrator and teacher. Died 1965.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 2353-2355 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels 2353-2355: Originals returned to the lender, Maria Fiene, after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reels 2353-2355 lent by Maria Fiene, daughter of Ernest Fiene. Unfilmed material (0.8 ft.) donated by Syracuse University, 1984, and an additional 0.8 ft. donated by Maria Fiene, 1994.

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. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, American Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mural painting and decoration, American Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiene, Paul Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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