Archives of American Art

Haim Mendelson correspondence with Saul Baizerman and others

Collection ID:
Mendelson, Haim, 1923-
Baizerman, Saul, 1889-1957
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Correspondence between Mendelson and sculptor Saul Baizerman, 1948-1952, and few letters from others in Baizerman's circle, 1946-1957. Also included are two photographs of Saul Baizerman and one of his wife, painter Eugenie Baizerman (1899-1949). The correspondence stems largely from Saul Baizerman's move from New York to Arizona in late 1948 (in the hope that the climate might relieve Eugenie Bazerman's severe asthma attacks; they then moved in July 1949 to Los Angeles, where Saul taught at the University of California in Los Angeles). Along with over 60 letters from Baizerman, are Mendelson's letters about movies, books, and exhibitions. [Baizerman kept this side of the correspondence and later returned the letters to Mendelson.] Baizerman's letters show his conflicts with his fatally ill wife and the diminution of his creative strength. Mentioned in the correspondence are Louise Mendelson, Mr. Mendelson's first wife, Sylvia Norman, and the poet, May Swenson, who took classes from Baizerman.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter; New York, N.Y. b. 1923

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2000 by Haim Mendelson.

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