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Victor Joseph Gatto Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 4 Jan 2010

Biographical History

Victor Joseph Gatto (1893-1965), known as Joe Gatto, was an American primitive painter best known for his images of New York city life. Although he showed artistic talent as a child, he followed a variety of career paths ranging from plumbing to professional boxing to service in the U.S. Navy before turning to painting full time in 1938. His work was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and other major galleries in the United States and

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Victor Joseph Gatto Papers consist of outgoing correspondence and clippings about Gatto and his work. The collection consists entirely of photocopies; there is no original material.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is in roughly chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Gatto, Victor Joseph.


Artists -- United States -- 20th century.
Painting, Modern -- 20th century.
Primitivism in art.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Victor Joseph Gatto Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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