Katherine Dunn Pagon papers relating to the Barnes Foundation

Collection ID:
Pagon, Katherine W. Dunn, 1892-1988
[ca. 1938-1961]
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear feet
(75 items)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters, notes, writings and printed material collected by Pagon regarding the Barnes Foundation, Albert C. Barnes, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Scope and Contents
Included are letters, 1948-1952, from Pagon to the editors of Philadelphia area newspapers regarding the Barnes Foundation, and several letters received, 1948-1953, including one from Barnes, 1950; Pagon's notes from a Barnes Foundation class taught by Angelo Pinto, 1946, and other notes; a file containing copies of correspondence between Barnes, Henry Clifford and Fiske Kimball regarding a 1948 Matisse exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; writings by Barnes, including pamphlets on art education and writings on Fiske Kimball, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the arts in Philadelphia, 1938-1948.
Scope and Contents
Printed material includes a pamphlet, 1938, by Harry Fuiman, "The Progressive Decay of the Pennsylvania Museum of Art," an article on Matisse, and pamphlets and clippings on Barnes and the Foundation, primarily focused on the lawsuit after Barnes' death to force the Foundation to open its gallery to the public, 1943-1961.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Painter, Philadelphia, Pa., and Baltimore, Md. Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts between 1910 and 1918, and later at the Barnes Foundation. Albert C. Barnes was a collector of modern art who acquired over 800 paintings, particularly French Impressionists and other modern painters such as Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse and Picasso. The collection is housed in the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pa. Barnes directed in his will that the collection never be allowed to tour or be reproduced.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Pagon's granddaughter, Katherine Pagon Tawney and her husband, Lee Tawney, 1992.

Using the Collection
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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Collectors and collecting Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Pennsylvania Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs), 1872-1951 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kimball, Fiske, 1888-1955 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnes Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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