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Oral history interview with John Rewald, 1972 Nov. 16-1973 Feb. 8

Interviewee:
Rewald, John, 1912-1994
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Subject:
Barr, Alfred H.
Cézanne, Paul
Whitney, John Hay
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 105 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 18 min.
Summary:
Interview of John Rewald conducted 1972 Nov. 16-1973 Feb. 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Rewald speaks of his youth in Germany; the development of his interest in art; his education; beginning his writing career; traveling through Europe; the beginnings of his interest in Cezanne; coming to the U.S.; meeting Alfred Barr; his association with the Museum of Modern Art; working as a consultant; philosophies of collecting; his books on impressionism and post-impressionism; researching his work on Cezanne; his teaching career; philosophies on the writing of art history; dealers and museums and his relationships with them. He recalls John Hay Whitney.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Rewald, 1972 Nov. 16-1973 Feb. 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
John Rewald (1912-1994) was an art historian, writer, and educator from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Art historians
Art teachers
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12331
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212314
AAA_collcode_rewald72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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