Oral history interview with Erle Loran, 1981 June 18
Loran, Erle, 1905-1999
Chipp, Herschel Browning, 1913-1922
Minneapolis School of Art
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Transcript: 119 p.
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 14 min.
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Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
An interview of Erle Loran conducted 1981 June 18, by Herschel Chipp, for the Archives of American Art.
Loran speaks of his education, his studies with Cameron Booth and Hans Hofmann, life in Europe on a grant, his study of Cezanne, including his book, "Cezanne's Composition," and his return to New York. He discusses teaching at the Minneapolis School of Art, the WPA Art School, in Minneapolis, and the University of California, at Berkeley. He comments on meeting Marsden Hartley, American midwestern painters, ghost towns as subject matter for paintings, American politics in the 1930s, and surrealism in America.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Erle Loran, 1981 June 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript: microfilm reel 3198 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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.
Erle Loran (1905-1999) was a painter and art historian of Minneapolis, Minn. and Berkeley, Calif.
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