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Finding aid for the Graphic designs of Paul Schuitema, 1920-1965
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Graphic designs of Paul Schuitema
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1965
    Number: 930034
    Creator/Collector: Schuitema, Paul, 1897-1973
    Physical Description: 0.05 linear feet (1 box)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Dutch graphic, furniture, and architectural designer who worked in lithography, etching, woodcutting and painting. He was also a filmmaker, photographer, and teacher who applied the principle of De Stijl and constructivism to commercial advertising. The collection consists of printed ephemera such as advertisements, pamphlets, proof pages, flyers, and one photograph, representing Schuitema's designs, typography, photomontages, and use of color.
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    Language: Collection material is in Dutch, German and English.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Paul Schuitema, 1897-1973, was a Dutch graphic, furniture and architectural designer who worked in lithography, etching, wood cutting and painting. He was also a film maker, photographer and teacher. As an early modernist, he applied the principles of de Stijl and Constructivism to commercial advertising. His style was direct and frontal, making graphic use of words and confronting the viewer with the object that needed to be sold in his advertising brochures.
    Schuitema's work has been exhibited throughout Europe. His first American exhibition was held March, 1993 at the Prakapas Gallery in New York. He was active in the design of publications made by and for workers, such as Links Richten. He designed the pamphlets and advertisements for such Dutch companies as Berkel, Boele & Van Eesteren, De Vries Robbé and the ENCI.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Graphic designs of Paul Schuitema, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930034.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired 1993.

    Processing History

    Rose Lachman processed the collection and wrote the finding aid.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection is a sampling of Paul Schuitema's graphic design work (typography, typesetting, photography, photomontage), spanning the years 1920-1965. His designs for advertising material incorporate bold text, drawings, color and various photographic techniques. There are 27 examples of brochures, flyers, booklets and one photograph as described in the box list below. Each piece is numbered and dated by the Prakapas Gallery in New York and refers to the numbering on the list from the exhibition held March 11-14, 1993.

    Arrangement note

    Arranged according to the Prakapas inventory.