Jean Charlot and Archive of Hawai‘i Artists & Architects

Hawaiian swimmer with fish
Hawaiian Swimmer No. 4, Oil by Jean Charlot, 1960;   Gift of Ann Huglin Dew

An extensive archive of art works and documents relating to the artist and writer Jean Charlot [1898-1979] and to other artists, intellectuals, and friends he worked with or knew in his long career in France, Mexico, New York City, Georgia, Colorado, and Hawaiʻi. He was a co-founder of the Mexican mural renaissance in the 1920s; the Jean Charlot Collection includes art works, correspondence, and photographs of Mexican mural luminaries such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and others. Charlot collected many broadsides of Mexican life printed by José Guadalupe Posada, as well as classical European printmakers such as Honoré Daumier. Photographers he worked with and whose work he collected include Edward Weston and Tina Modotti. Charlot’s published and unpublished writings, correspondence, diaries, sketch books, photographs, guest books, and more make this a collection of great depth. This link will take you to a map of Charlot’s murals.

Related archives of several Hawaiʻi artists such as Juliette May Fraser, Tseng Yuho, Isami Doi, John Kelly, Francis Haar, and John Wisnosky as well as drawings by architect Vladimir Ossipoff are managed by the Art Archivist Librarian. UH Manoa, Hamilton Library, 5th floor; 808-956-2849;

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