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For researchers, collectors, and art enthusiasts

For researchers: The Fontaine Archive contains the writings and photography of Virginia Hammersmith Fontaine (1915-1991) and information about the life and paintings of Paul Emile Fontaine (1913-1996). The collection of documents and rare images is an essential primary resource for art historians and historians interested in the role that the arts played in postwar Europe’s rebuilding.

The archive has robust indexes of over 400 historical figures, both American and German, who are mentioned in the letters, diaries, and guestbooks. Archive Person Index

It includes approximately 314 photographs, 350 artworks, 13.5 linear feet of books and manuscripts, 10 linear feet of miscellany, and 6 linear feet of letters and documents related to the Fontaines’ life as art students and their residency in postwar Germany and Mexico. The bulk of the documentation covers the years from 1935 to 1965, during the height of Modernism.

For collectors: it is also a resource for verifying the paintings of Paul Fontaine and for purchasing his art. Gallery

For readers: it is also a publisher of books that highlight the Archive’s collection. Publications

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