Oral history interview with Paul Cadmus, 1988 March 22-May 5
Cadmus, Paul, 1904-1999
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh),
Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan),
Kirstein, Lincoln Edward
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Transcript: 183 pages
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 59 min.
An interview of Paul Cadmus conducted 1988 March 22-May 5, by Judd Tully, for the Archives of American Art. Cadmus speaks of his childhood and family background; his early interest in art; studying at the National Academy of Design; his early career; traveling to Europe in the 1930s; getting on the WPA Federal Art Project; controversies involving some of his paintings; changes in technique; his inspirations; his affiliation with Midtown Galleries. He recalls Jared French, Lincoln Kirstein, George Tooker, E.M. Forster, and W.H. Auden.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Paul Cadmus, 1988 March 22-May 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Paul Cadmus (1904-1999) was a painter from Weston, Connecticut.
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