Diaries kept by artist Dan Wiesendanger
(1915-1996) from 1976 until mid-1995, documenting the events in his life, his
friends, and family, including reminiscences of his earlier life. A separate
series of diaries documents Wiesendanger's work as an artist and his activities
within the artists' communities of Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Dan Wiesendanger was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1915. He
served in the U.S. Army from June 1941 until December 1945, for the majority of
the time as non-commissioned officer in charge of Special Services Section,
Athletics and Entertainment, in the headquarters offices of various regiments,
divisions, and corps. He later settled in Los Angeles, where for many years he
lived with his roommate Clint at 3279 Descanso Drive. He was a modernist
painter, working in a variety of media. He is credited with developing
geometric abstraction in the late 1960s. He was also a songwriter and member of
ASCAP. He died in a Los Angeles nursing home on July 14, 1996, of prostate
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