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Finding aid for the Piet Zwart Views of Manufacturing and Architecture, circa 1928-1935
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Piet Zwart Views of Manufacturing and Architecture
    Date (inclusive): 1928-circa 1935
    Number: 2002.R.47
    Creator/Collector: Zwart, Piet, 1885-1977
    Physical Description: 2.9 linear feet (2 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    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; Flemish

    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.

    Administrative Information


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    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

    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 note

    Organized in five series: Series I. Bruynzeel Wood Company Series II. Nederlandsche Kabelfabriek Series III. Wanning Concrete Sewer pipe Company Series IV. Architectural interiors and exteriors Series V. Miscellaneous photographs

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

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

    Subjects - Places

    Netherlands--Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

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