Oral history interview with Robert Alan Bechtle, 1978 September 13-1980 February 1
Bechtle, Robert Alan, 1932-
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
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Transcript: 69 pages
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 8 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Robert Alan Bechtle conducted 1978 September 13-1980 February 1, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Richard Diebenkorn's influence on him, his military career and its effect on his style, twentieth century trends in realism, use of photographs in constructing paintings, and his teaching career and family life. Bechtle speaks of his family background, the development of his interest in art, his education at the California College of Arts and Crafts,
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Alan Bechtle, 1978 September 13-1980 February 1. 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.
Robert Bechtle (1932- ) is a painter from Berkeley, California. Full name: Robert Alan Bechtle.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001