Series 1: Artwork
17.0 linear feet
This collection is stored at Firestone Library.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Collection Creator: Segal, George, 1924-2000..
Extent: 17.0 linear feet
The collection is open for research.
This series contains works of art created by George Segal in a variety of
mediums (ink, watercolor, tempera, pencil, charcoal, conté crayon) and on a
variety of supports (paper, board, cloth) dating principally from the time
of his education in the 1940s, but including works rendered over the course
of his entire life until his death in 2000. Artwork is comprised mainly of
loose, single sheets of paper, bound sketchbooks, or compiled illustrated
assignments. There are also multiple prints produced from single, original
engravings. The bulk of the work dates from Segal's time as a student at
Cooper Union, Rutgers University, Pratt Institute, and New York University,
from 1941 to 1949.
Chronology was considered particularly important for the development of the
artist's style and his influences. However, very few dates exist. Inclusive
dates were assigned on the file-level based on a variety of factors,
including content, style and context. The vast majority of all work broadly
dated from the 1940s to the 1960s is in fact only from the 1940s, as the
direct result of Segal's college-level art studies from 1941 to 1949. Some
sketchbooks have been individually labeled with approximate (but more
Researchers can reference the Education Chronology in order to help date
artworks known or thought to have been produced for certain classes or
institutions. Additional files, notebooks and documents in Series 7:
Education and Early Career are directly related
to these materials, and can be referenced for more information.
Finally, due to the creative nature of any artist it should be noted that,
despite specific folder titles, doodles, sketches, and works of art are
rendered in multiple mediums and are found everywhere throughout the series
and — for the most comprehensive consideration — everywhere in the
collection. Segal doodled in the margins of notebooks, on the back of
napkins, and even on some correspondence and other documents. He also kept
the doodles and sketches of friends and colleagues. Moreover, Segal would
create more than one artwork in more than one medium on the same support. An
effort has been made to separate and organize these materials, but the
arrangement is inherently limited in scope.
Arranged chronologically into three subseries.
Series 1: Artwork; 1940s-2000; George Segal Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.