Oral history interview with Leonard Bocour, 1978 June 8
Bocour, Leonard, 1910-1993
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
De Kooning, Willem
Speicher, Eugene Edward
Bocour Artist Colors (Firm)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Transcript: 60 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Leonard Bocour conducted 1978 June 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Bocour speaks of his early interest in art; early influences on him, especially Emil Ganso; studying at the Art Students League; his beginning in the paint business; artists he became acquainted with including Leon Kroll, Eugene Speicher, Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko; the growth of his business, Bocour Artist Colors; technical changes in his product; the early use of acrylic paint; and his philosophies of collecting art work.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Leonard Bocour, 1978 June 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on-line.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Leonard Bocour (1910-1993) was an art collector and paint manufacturer of New York, New York.
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001