A Finding Aid to the Louis Wiesenberg Papers, 1913-1981, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.wiesloui
Creators:
Wiesenberg, Louis, 1893-1943
Dates:
1913-1981
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.6 Linear Feet
Repository:
The scattered papers of Louis Wiesenberg measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1913-1981. Found are biographical materials, letters primarily from Louis' widow Raizel Wiesenberg, notes and writings, numerous drawings, printed material, and photographs of Wiesenberg, his family, and artwork.

Scope and Content Note
Scope and Content Note
The papers of painter Louis Wiesenberg measure 0.6 linear feet and date from 1913 to 1981. Found within the papers are biographical material; letters - mostly written by his widow Raizel Wiesenberg attempting to organize a posthumous exhibition; notes and writings, including manuscripts describing Wiesenberg's thoughts on art; numerous drawings of figure studies and landscapes; printed material, including catalogs from exhibitions by obscure organizations such as the Level Club and the Society of Independent Artists; and photographs of Wiesenberg, his family and his artwork.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 6 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1916-1981 (Box 1; 1 folder)
  • Series 2: Letters, 1917-1981 (Box 1; 7 folders)
  • Series 3: Notes and Writings, 1939-1943 (Box 1; 4 folders)
  • Series 4: Artwork, 1927-1932 (Box 1; 19 folders)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1924-1944 (Boxes 1-2; 7 folders)
  • Series 6: Photographs, 1913-1973 (Box 2; 5 folders)

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Louis Wiesenberg (1893-1943) was born in Poland and studied art in Montreal and at the National Academy of Design in New York. He settled in New York where he painted and drew. He later moved back to Montreal, but continued to exhibit in New York.
In 1909, Wiesenberg immigrated to Montreal, Canada, with his father and two sisters, leaving his mother and three other sisters in Poland until money could be sent for their passage. His father, who had studied painting in Paris, established a small paint shop in which Louis learned about paint, brushes, and other artistic tools.
After studying art at the Monument Nationale School in Montreal, Louis Wiesenberg continued his studies at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1916. Following the death of his eldest sister in 1917, Wiesenberg returned to Montreal to assist in his father's business, but continued to exhibit his artwork in Montreal, Ottawa, and New York.
In 1922 Wiesenberg married Raizel, a singer, and they eventually settled in New York City. They befriended many artists, including Milton Avery and Mark Rothko. In 1928, a series of portrait drawings of authors by Wiesenberg was published in the Herald Tribune. He also worked at various art-related jobs including teaching art at a children's camp in order to make ends meet. During the Depression, Wiesenberg's health began to fail.
Louis Wiesenberg died on December 22, 1943 in New York City.

Administration
Processing Information
The papers were processed in February 2007 by Jean Fitzgerald.
Author
Jean Fitzgerald
Provenance
The Louis Wiesenberg papers were donated in 1981 and 1982 by Raizel Wiesenberg Arp, the artist's widow.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Louis Wiesenberg papers, 1913-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Louis Wiesenberg papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Keywords
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Level Club Condominium (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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