Oral history interview with Victor Candell, 1965 September 1
Candell, Victor, 1903-1977
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
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Transcript: 44 pages
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 46 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Interview of Victor Candell conducted 1965 September 1, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art. Candell speaks about his childhood in Budapest; the start of his artistic career as a maker of movie posters; his self-taught foundations in painting; his focus on the subjects of death and life; his artistic experiments with realism, impressionism, Cubism, and abstract expressionism; detailed descriptions regarding the birth of two of his works (Magister and Ascendant); his life and artistic education in France; his theories regarding "Pop art" and the importance of individualistic works; the Provincetown Workshop program he began, and his teaching philosophies. He also discusses his interesting "wartime contribution to the Red Cross," in the 1940s that, "dealt with the rehabilitation of battle fatigue cases" and his work with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Artists Project, the Easel Project, and the G.I. Bill. Candell recalls Max Beckman, Hans Hofmann, Leo Manso, Andrew Masson, Willy Pogany, Jackson Pollock, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Victor Candell, 1965 September 1. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Victor Candell (1903-1977) was a painter from New York, New York.
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.
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