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Pollock, Merlin F., 1905-1996  Search this
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Federal Art Project (Ill.)  Search this
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Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
5 sound files, digital, wav file; 65 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 40 min.
An interview with Merlin F. Pollock conducted 1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30, by Robert Brown, for the Archives of American Art. Pollock speaks of his training at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France; his work as instructor of mural painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1935-1943; his paintings of Alaska commissioned by the government in 1937 and his work as supervisor of mural painting for the Illinois WPA, 1940-1943. He also discusses Chicago artists and his own murals for the government.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Merlin F. Pollock, 1979 July 30 and 1980 July 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
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:
Merlin F. Pollock (1905-1996) was a painter and teacher, Chicago, Ill.
Language Note:
English .
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
Mural painting and decoration, American -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Arts administrators -- Illinois -- Interviews  Search this
Muralists -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
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Archives of American Art