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Oral history interview with Raymond Jonson, 1980 Aug. 9

Interviewee:
Jonson, Raymond, 1891-1982
Interviewer:
Platt, Susan Noyes, 1945-
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes
Transcript: 50 p.
Summary:
An interview of Raymond Jonson conducted 1980 Aug. 9, by Susan Platt, for the Archives of American Art.
Jonson speaks of his early work in theater design; the art scene in the 1920s; the inspiration of the Southwestern landscape; the importance of lighting in his work; the transition in his work from figurative to abstract; spirituality in his work; Santa Fe as an artistic community; arts critics; arts publications; and the social realist painters.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Raymond Jonson, 1980 Aug. 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript: microfilm reel 3752 available through interlibrary loan.
Funding:
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.
Biography Note:
Raymond Jonson (1891-1982) was a painter from Albuquerque, N.M. During the Depression he painted murals for several New Deal art programs. He taught at the University of New Mexico where the Jonson Gallery was erected in his honor. It houses the most complete permanent collection of Jonson's work.
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, American
Gallery directors
Interviews
Painters
Painting, Abstract
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11766
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213587
AAA_collcode_jonson80
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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