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Maril, Herman, 1908-1986  Search this
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Argento, Mino  Search this
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Cheney, Sheldon  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Dows, Olin  Search this
Giotto  Search this
Gross, Chaim  Search this
Kandinsky, Wassily  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Matisse, Henri  Search this
O'Hara, Eliot  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)  Search this
Cummington School of the Arts  Search this
King-Smith Playhouse and School of Theatre Arts (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Maryland Institute, College of Art  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Washington Workshop Center for the Arts  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
39 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr.
An interview of Herman Maril conducted 1965 September 5, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Maril speaks of growing up in Baltimore, Maryland.; attending the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts; visiting museums in the Washington, D.C. area; exhibiting his paintings in Washington, D.C. galleries and New York City galleries; working for the Treasury Art Project; surviving the Great Depression; teaching at the Cummington School of Art in Cummington, Massachusetts; serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII; painting murals with the Public Buildings Administration; teaching at the King-Smith School, the Washington Workshop of the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Maryland; living in Provincetown; painting and his influences; being interviewed for books and a short film. Maril also recalls Roger Frye, Paul Cézanne, Henry Roben, Charles Walther, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Edward Rowan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chaim Gross, Henri Matisse, Piero della Francesca, Mino Argento, Olin Dows, Giotto di Bondone, Georges Henri Rouault, Wassily Kandinksy, Charles Walthrop, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Eliot O'Hara, Sheldon Cheney, Florence Watson, Jacques Lipchitz, Mason F. Lord, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Herman Maril, 1965 September 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.
Biography Note:
Herman Maril (1908-1986) was a painter and printmaker from Baltimore, Maryland.
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
Depressions -- 1929  Search this
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art