Yasushi Tanaka letters to Frederic C. Torrey

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.tanayasu
Creators:
Tanaka, Yasushi, 1886-1941
Dates:
1913-1924
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
35 Items
(partially microfilmed on 1 reel)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Letters from Tanaka to Torrey concern the contemporary art world, his paintings, exhibitions, and fellow artists both in Seattle and Paris, notably muralist John Davidson Butler. Tanaka writes of his marriage to Louise Gebhard Cann, his struggle with the Occidental ideals in Seattle art circles, concern for his mother and brothers in Tokyo, his emigration to Paris and its state after World War I, and the success of his one-man show at the Galerie de Marsan 1924, of which he writes "...I succeeded at last in ... verifying my fame as one of the ablest contemporary painters here in Paris...". Also included are a few letters from Cann to Torrey, 3 exhibition catalogs (1914-1921), and 3 clippings (1915-1921).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Tanaka was a painter and art instructor, born in Saitana, Japan, May 13, 1886. In 1904 he emigrated to Seattle, Wash., settling permanently in Paris in 1920. Torrey was an art dealer with the San Fransisco gallery Vickery, Atkins & Torrey. Tanaka's wife, writer Louise Gebhard Cann, was the author of several articles and books on French artists.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel 5474; frames 760-872 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1992 by Gryffyd Partridge. The letters were received in the papers of his father, Seattle artist Roi Partridge; it is unclear how Partridge received them.

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
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Asian American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Asian American art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- France -- Paris Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Butler, John Davidson, 1890-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cann, Louise Gebhard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Torrey, Frederic C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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