Oral history interview with Eleanor Dickinson, 2000 October 25
Dickinson, Eleanor Creekmore, 1931-
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
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Transcript: 22 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 48 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Eleanor Dickinson conducted 2000 October 25, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Dickinson's studio/home, in San Francisco, California.
Dickinson discusses her relationship to and use of the human figure in her art. She explains her "interest in the ecstatic"; her identification with her subjects; being completely involved with the personality of the model and the "performance" in the studio; how her finished works often look more like the artist than like the model; her 1975 show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in which the life-class was moved into a museum gallery to share the experience with museum visitors; her view that the artist participates in the lives and actions of her subjects through empathy and the artist's role as a mirror to society, reflecting and recording who and what we are.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Eleanor Dickinson, 2000 October 25. 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.
Eleanor Dickinson (1931- ) was a painter and educator from San Francisco, California. Teacher of life drawing at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, for many years, Dickinson is known for her figurative drawing and involvement with her students and models as individuals.
This interview is 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 administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001