|Carl Van Vechten|
Photographic self-portrait by Carl Van Vechten, taken in 1939
|Born||June 17, 1880 |
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A
|Died||December 21, 1964 (aged 84)|
New York, New York, U.S.A
Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. Events 1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II ( The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat Year 1880 ( MDCCCLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year Cedar Rapids (ˌciːdɪrˈræpɨds is the second largest City in the U The State of Iowa ( is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 69 - The end of the Year of the four emperors: Following Galba, Otho and Vitellius, Vespasian Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. The City of New York New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II ( The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat Year 1880 ( MDCCCLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year Events 69 - The end of the Year of the four emperors: Following Galba, Otho and Vitellius, Vespasian Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A writer is anyone who creates a written work although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally as well as those who have written in many different forms A photographer is a person who takes a Photograph using a Camera. The Harlem Renaissance was named after the anthology The New Negro, edited by Alain Locke in 1925 Gertrude Stein ( February 3, 1874 &ndash July 27, 1946) was an American Writer who spent most of her life in France
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he graduated from Washington High School in 1898, and later the University of Chicago in 1903. Cedar Rapids (ˌciːdɪrˈræpɨds is the second largest City in the U See also Washington High School for schools of the same name The University of Chicago is a Private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Year 1903 ( MCMIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting In 1906, he moved to New York City. The City of New York He was hired as the assistant music critic at the New York Times. His interest in opera had him take a leave of absence from the paper in 1907, to travel to Europe to explore opera. Leave of absence (LOA is a term used to describe a period of time that one is to be away from his/her primary job while maintaining the status of employee. While in England he married his long time friend from Cedar Rapids, Anna Snyder. Cedar Rapids (ˌciːdɪrˈræpɨds is the second largest City in the U He returned to his job at the New York Times in 1909 and then became the first American critic of modern dance. See also Dance, Concert dance Modern dance is a dance form developed in the early 20th century At that time, Isadora Duncan, Anna Pavlova, and Loie Fuller were performing in New York City. Isadora Duncan (May 26 1877 &ndash September 14 1927 was an American dancer Anna Pavlovna Pavlova (А́нна Па́вловна Па́влова (&ndash 23 January, 1931) was a famous Russian Ballerina of the late Loie Fuller (also Loïe Fuller, born Marie Louise Fuller) ( January 15, 1862 &ndash January 1, 1928) was a pioneer of both The City of New York The marriage to Anna Snyder ended in divorce in 1912 and he wed actress Fania Marinoff in 1914. Fania Marinoff ( Rus: Фаня Маринофф ( March 20, 1890 &ndash November 17, 1971) was a Russian born American
Several books of Van Vechten's essays on various subjects such as music and literature were published between 1915 and 1920. Between 1922 and 1930 Knopf published seven novels by Van Vechten, starting with Peter Whiffle: His Life and Works and ending with Parties. The year 1922 in literature involved some significant events and new books The year 1930 in literature involved some significant events and new books Alfred A Knopf Inc is a New York publishing house founded by Alfred A
Van Vechten was interested in black writers and artists, and knew and promoted many of the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Wallace Thurman. The Harlem Renaissance was named after the anthology The New Negro, edited by Alain Locke in 1925 Langston Hughes (February 1 1902 &ndash May 22 1967 was an American Poet, Novelist Playwright, Short story writer and Columnist Richard Wright may refer to Richard Wright (musician (1943–2008 also known as Rick Wright founding member of Pink Floyd Richard B Wallace Henry Thurman (1902&ndash1934 was an American Novelist during the Harlem Renaissance. Van Vechten's controversial novel Nigger Heaven was published in 1926. Nigger Heaven (1926 is a novel written by Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964 set during the Harlem Renaissance in the United States in the 1920s The year 1926 in literature involved some significant events and new books An essay of his entitled "Negro Blues Singers" was published in Vanity Fair in 1926. Vanity Fair is an American magazine of Culture, Fashion, and Politics published by Condé Nast Publications.
In the 1930s, Van Vechten began taking portrait photographs. Among the many individuals he photographed were Gertrude Stein, George Schuyler, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Henry Miller, Anna May Wong, Jane Bowles, Mahalia Jackson, W. Somerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Paul Cadmus, Marc Chagall, Horst P. Horst, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gore Vidal, Sidney Lumet, James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles, Norman Mailer, Evelyn Waugh, Adele Addison, Erskine Caldwell, Ella Fitzgerald, Alfred Stieglitz, Truman Capote, Billie Holiday, Constance Collier, Lin Yutang, Cesar Romero, Tallulah Bankhead and Sir Laurence Olivier. Gertrude Stein ( February 3, 1874 &ndash July 27, 1946) was an American Writer who spent most of her life in France George Samuel Schuyler (ˈskaɪlɚ (February 25 1895 Providence, RI – August 31 1977 in New York, NY) was an American writer Frida Kahlo (July 6 1907 – July 13 1954 was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity Diego Rivera (December 8 1886 &ndash November 24 1957 was born Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez Henry Valentine Miller (December 26 1891 &ndash June 7 1980 was an American writer and painter. Anna May Wong (or Wong Liu Tsong,, January 3 1905 – February 2 1961 was an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star and the first Jane Bowles, born Jane Auer ( February 22, 1917 – May 4, 1973) was an American Writer and Playwright. Mahalia Jackson (October 26 1911 In 1929 Jackson met the composer Thomas A William Somerset Maugham, CH ( January 25 1874 &ndash December 16 1965) was an English Playwright, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24 1896 – December 21 1940 was an American writer of Novels and Short stories, whose works are evocative of the Bessie Smith (July 9 1892 or April 15 1894&ndash September 26 1937 was an American Blues singer Paul Cadmus ( December 17, 1904 - December 12, 1999) was an artist born in New York City. Marc Chagall (מאַרק שאַגאַל&lrm Belarusian: Мойша Захаравіч Шагалаў Mojša Zaharavič Šagałaŭ; Russian: Марк Horst P Horst, most often known as just Horst, ( August 14, 1906 – November 18, 1999) was a German American photographer Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15 1887—March 6 1986 was an American Artist She is associated with the American Southwest where she found artistic inspiration Gore Vidal (born October 3 1925 ˌgɔər vɪˈdɑːl or /vɪˈdæl/ is an American Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright, Sidney Lumet (born June 25 1924) is an Academy Award -receiving American Film director, with over 50 Films to his name James Maitland Stewart (20 May 1908 – 2 July 1997 popularly known as Jimmy Stewart, was an American Film and stage Actor Marlon Brando Jr (April 3 1924 – July 1 2004 was an Academy Award -winning American Actor, whose body of work spanned over half a century George Orson Welles (May 6 1915 – October 10 1985 was an Academy Award -winning director, writer actor and producer for film stage radio and television Norman Kingsley Mailer ( January 31, 1923 &ndash November 10, 2007) was an American Novelist, Journalist, Arthur Evelyn St John Waugh (ˈiːvlɪn ˈwɔː (28 October 1903 &ndash 10 April 1966 was an English Writer, best known for such darkly humorous and Adele Addison (born July 24, 1925, Springfield Massachusetts) is an African American Lyric soprano who was an acclaimed figure in Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17 1903 Coweta County Georgia – April 11 1987 was an American Author. Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25 1917 &ndash June 15 1996 also known as " Lady Ella " and the "First Lady of Song" is considered one of the most influential Alfred Stieglitz (January 1 1864 &ndash July 13 1946 was an American photographer who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making Photography an acceptable Truman Capote (ˈtruːmən kəˈpoʊti ( 30 September, 1924, New Orleans Louisiana – 25 August, 1984, Los Angeles Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7 1915 – July 17 1959 was an American Jazz singer and songwriter Constance Collier ( January 22, 1878 &ndash May 21, 1955) was a British -born American film actress and acting coach Lin Yutang ( October 10, 1895 &ndash March 26, 1976) was a Chinese writer and inventor Cesar Julio Romero Jr ( February 15, 1907 &ndash January 1, 1994) was a Cuban American Film and Television Tallulah Brockman Bankhead ( January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American Actress, talk-show host and Laurence Kerr Olivier Baron
Van Vechten initially met Gertrude Stein in Paris in 1913. Gertrude Stein ( February 3, 1874 &ndash July 27, 1946) was an American Writer who spent most of her life in France Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city They continued corresponding for the remainder of Stein's life, and at her death she appointed Van Vechten her literary executor; he helped to bring into print her unpublished writings.
After the 1930s, Van Vechten published little writing, though he continued to write letters to many correspondents.
Although Van Vechten was married to Fania Marinoff until the end of his life, he was either a homosexual or a bisexual. Fania Marinoff ( Rus: Фаня Маринофф ( March 20, 1890 &ndash November 17, 1971) was a Russian born American Some of his papers were kept under seal for 25 years after his death, and when they were examined after that time, they were found to include scrapbooks of photographs and clippings related to homosexuality. Homosexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of the same sex or to a Homosexual orientation. 
He died at the age of 84 in New York City. Van Vechten was the subject of a 1968 biography by Bruce Kellner, Carl Van Vechten and the Irreverent Decades.
Most of Van Vechten's papers are held by the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Yale University 's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (BRBL was a 1963 gift of the Beinecke family The Library of Congress acquired its collection of approximately 1,400 photographs in 1966 from Saul Mauriber. The Library of Congress is the De facto National library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress
|NAME||Van Vechten, Carl|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||American writer and photographer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 17, 1880|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 21, 1964|
|PLACE OF DEATH||New York, New York|