Welcome to the Fontaine Archive

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…

Trusted Eye:Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate

Due out February 2021. Stay tuned. Perfect for enthusiasts of women’s stories, postwar photo-journalism and art. This compelling narrative encompasses a mother’s— and her daughter’s—first-person accounts of struggle: the American wife finding her place in the rubble of battle-torn Germany, and the daughter relaying her version of the same story. Virginia Fontaine was brought up…