INVENTORY OF THE PIET ZWART VIEWS OF MANUFACTURING AND ARCHITECTURE, circa 1928-1935

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INVENTORY OF THE PIET ZWART VIEWS OF MANUFACTURING AND ARCHITECTURE, circa 1928-1935

Accession no. 2002.R.47

Finding Aid prepared by Laura Schroffel
Getty Research Institute

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  • Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
Laura Schroffel
Date Completed:
May 2008
Encoded by:
Laura Schroffel
©2008 J. Paul Getty Trust

Descriptive Summary

Title: Piet Zwart views of manufacturing and architecture
Date (inclusive): 1928-circa 1935
Collection Number: 2002.R.47
Creator: Zwart, Piet, 1885-1977
Extent: 2.9 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Repository: Getty Research Institute
Research Library
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Abstract: Photographs taken by designer Piet Zwart to be used in his typographical work for various manufacturing companies in the Netherlands. Also includes photographic prints of architectural exteriors and interiors, and prints that are more artistic in nature.
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Language: Collection material is in Dutch

Adminstrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Piet Zwart views of manufacturing and architecture, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2002.R.47.

Acquisition Information

Received in 2002.

Processing History

Processed by Laura Schroffel

Biographical/Historical Note

Piet Zwart was born in 1885 in Zaandijk, Amsterdam. He was trained as an architect and worked for the architects Jan Wils and H.P. Berlage. While working for Berlage and others Zwart also became adept in the field of interior design. In 1923 Zwart began his typographical career creating advertisements that were published in Tijdschrift voor electrothechniek and Sterkstroom. It was at this time that he produced his most famous work for the Nederlandsche Kabelfabriek, Delft. Zwart also did large projects for the ITF, Internationale tentoonstelling op filmgebied, and the Dutch Postal Telegraph and Telephone Company (PTT), including the design of a postage stamp. In 1930 Zwart was commissioned to design monthly calendar cards for the Bruynzeel Wood Company, which manufactured pencils and doors. Eventually he designed all of Bruynzeel’s printed publications, advertising, packaging, offices, exhibitions and various offices of representatives abroad. Zwart’s oeuvre is strongly associated with the De Stijl movement.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is comprised of 37 photographic prints most likely taken by Zwart for photograms to be used in his typographical work for advertisements and catalogs. Twenty-five prints are 5x7 and 12 prints are other various sizes. The bulk of the photographs depict manufacturing companies. The Bruynzeel Wood Company makes up the majority of the manufacturers prints. Ten prints of Bruynzeel have associated pieces of tracing paper overlays, possibly used to compose Zwart’s typography projects. The photographs are mostly details of machinery and views of the factory. Four prints are of the Nederlandsche Kabelfabriek, a cable factory. Three prints are for the Wanning concrete sewer pipe manufacturing company. The collection contains a graphite drawing by Zwart, possibly a layout for an advertisement for the Bruynzeel wood company. Seven prints are of architectural exteriors and interiors, one building is the interior of the Dutch Pavilion, Antwerp, and the rest of the unidentified buildings. Two prints are more artistic in nature.

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Subjects - Topics

Manufacturing industries—Netherlands
Advertising layout and typography—Netherlands—20th century
Architecture—Netherlands
De Stijl (Art movement)

Subjects - Places

Netherlands—Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographs, Original
Gelatin silver prints—Netherlands—20th century


 

Series I.  Bruynzeel Wood Company 1928-circa 1935

Physical Description: 21 gelatin silver photographs, 10 tracing paper overlays

Scope and Content Note

Series I contains prints showing the Bruynzeel Wood Company showroom as well as the raw materials, factory, and the factory machinery used in door production. Ten tracing paper overlays are associated with the Bruynzeel prints.
Box 1, Folder 1

2002.R.47-1 Exterior of Bruynzeel wood company

Box 1, Folder 1

2002.R.47-2 – 2002.R.47-6 Interiors of Bruynzeel showroom

Scope and Content Note

Annotation on verso: 2936/38.
Box 1, Folder 1

2002.R.47-7 Stacks of cut wood

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-8 - 2002.R.47-9 Interiors of Bruynzeel showroom

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-10 Stacks of cut wood

Scope and Content Note

Annotation in Dutch on verso in pencil.
Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-10A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-11 Stacks of cut wood

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-11A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-12 Stacks of raw materials

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-12A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-13 Stacks of raw materials on palette

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-13A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-14 Stacks of cut wood coming off of barge

Scope and Content Note

Annotation in Dutch on verso in pencil.
Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-14A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-15 Stacks of cut wood coming off of barge

Scope and Content Note

Annotation on verso in pencil.
Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-16 Bruynzeel employee fitting wood on a machine

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-16A Tracing paper overlay

Scope and Content Note

Annotation in Dutch on recto in pencil.
Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-17 Factory machinery

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-17A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-18 Factory machinery

Scope and Content Note

Piet Zwart wetstamp on verso : rijksstraatweg 200, wassonaar holland.
Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-18A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-19 View of machinery in factory

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-19A Tracing paper overlay.

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-20 Factory machinery

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-20A Tracing paper overlay

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-21 View of machinery in factory

Box 1, Folder 2

2002.R.47-21A Tracing paper overlay

Box 2, Folder 1

2002.R.47-38 Drawing or layout

Scope and Content Note

Drawing based on some of the photographs of the Bruynzeel factory for a Zwart typographical project, possibly an advertisement or a catalog.
 

Series II.  Nederlandsche Kabelfabriek 1928-circa 1935

Physical Description: 4 gelatin silver photographs

Scope and Content Note

Series II contains one photograph documenting cable production and three photographs showing cables on reels and spools.
Box 1, Folder 3

2002.R.47-22 Cable on reel

Scope and Content Note

Annotation in ink and crayon on verso.
Box 1, Folder 3

2002.R.47-23 Detail of 2002.R.47-22

Scope and Content Note

Ink masking and annotation in Dutch on recto; annotation on verso in pencil.
Box 1, Folder 3

2002.R.47-24 Empty wood spools

Box 1, Folder 3

2002.R.47-25 Nederlandsche Kabelfabriek employee adjusting cable

 

Series III.  Wanning Concrete Sewer pipe Company 1928-circa 1935

Physical Description: 3 gelatin silver photographs

Scope and Content Note

Series III contains three photographs documenting the manufacturing of sewer pipes at the Wanning company.
Box 1, Folder 4

2002.R.47-26 - 2002.R.47-28 Wanning employees forming concrete pipes

Scope and Content Note

Annotations in Dutch on verso in pencil.
 

Series IV.  Architectural interiors and exteriors 1928- circa 1935

Physical Description: 7 gelatin silver photographs

Scope and Content Note

Series four contains photographs documenting various buildings. One building is the Dutch Pavilion, Antwerp, the rest of the buildings are unidentified.
Box 1, Folder 5

2002.R.47-29 - 2002.R.47-30 Exterior of a houseboat

Box 1, Folder 5

2002.R.47-31 - 2002.R.47-33 Interior of a home or office

Scope and Content Note

Annotation in Dutch on verso of one print in pencil.
Box 1, Folder 5

2002.R.47-34 Interior of Dutch Pavilion, Antwerp

Scope and Content Note

Annotation on verso in pencil.
Box 1, Folder 5

2002.R.47-35 Exterior of factory building

 

Series V.  Miscellaneous photographs 1928-circa 1935

Physical Description: 2 gelatin silver photographs

Scope and Content Note

Series five contains two photographs that seem to be unrelated to Zwart's manufacturing photography.
Box 1, Folder 6

2002.R.47-36 Package of dried bananas

Scope and Content Note

Piet Zwart wetstamp on verso : rijksstraatweg 200, wassonaar holland.
Box 1, Folder 6

2002.R.47-37 View of pond or lake

Scope and Content Note

Mounted on board.