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Oral history interview with John Stephan

Interviewee:
Stephan, John Walter, 1906-1995  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Fairleigh Dickinson University -- Faculty  Search this
Hunter College  Search this
Public Works of Art Project  Search this
United States. Work Projects Administration  Search this
Bennett, Rainey  Search this
Bohrod, Aaron  Search this
Breinin, Raymond, 1910-  Search this
Bulliet, C. J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960  Search this
Calas, Nicolas  Search this
Constant, George  Search this
Coryllis, Peter  Search this
Cunningham, Inez  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Denby, Bill  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Fabian, John  Search this
Flaherty, Robert Joseph, 1884-1951  Search this
Gendel, Milton  Search this
Goossen, E. C.  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-  Search this
Harrison, Caleb  Search this
Johnson, Ben  Search this
Jones, Jack  Search this
Kiesler, Frederick  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Knopf, Alfred  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
MacLeish, Norman, 1898-1949  Search this
Matta, 1912-2002  Search this
Miller, Edgar, 1899-1993  Search this
Millman, Edward, 1907-1964  Search this
Moran, Connie, 1898-  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Nathanson, Winn  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Ossorio, Alfonso, 1916-1990  Search this
Ott, Peterpaul, 1895-1992  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Praz, Mario, 1896-1982  Search this
Robinson, Increase, 1890-1981  Search this
Rosenberg, Harold, 1906-1978  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Sebartes, Jaime  Search this
Shapiro, Myra  Search this
Siporin, Mitchell, 1910-1976  Search this
Stephan, Dart  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Torres, Jesús  Search this
Walgreen, Ruth  Search this
Watson, Dudley Crafts, 1885-  Search this
Watson-Schütze, Eva, 1867-1935  Search this
Weisenborn, Rudolph, b. 1881  Search this
Wheeler, Monroe, 1899-  Search this
Wilhelm, Jerry  Search this
Zadkine, Ossip  Search this
de Diego, Juan  Search this
Extent:
10 Items (Sound recording: 10 sound files (6 hr., 54 min.), digital, wav)
100 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1986 May 20-1987 May 7
Scope and Contents:
Interview of John Walter Stephan, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, at Newport, Rhode Island, on May 20, 1986 and May 7, 1987.
Stephan speaks of Chicago childhood and adolescence; life during the Depression; the Art Institute of Chicago; the 1930s Chicago leftist movement; the WPA and PWAP; The Tiger's Eye art magazine; Rome artistic and literary society; the New York School of artists; Betty Parsons Gallery; the Surrealists; teaching at Fairleigh Dickenson University; Hunter College; and his critiques of Pop and contemporary artists. Stephan also recalls Ruth Walgreen, Dart Stephan, Rainey Bennett, Clyfford Still, Juan de Diego, Caleb Harrison, Aaron Bohrod, Dudley Crafts Watson, Jack Jones, George Constant, Connie Moran, CJ Bulliet, Rudolph Weisenborn, Inez Cunningham, Eva Watson-Schütze, Jesus Torres, Edgar Miller, Katherine Kuh, Increase Robinson, Peterpaul Ott, Mitchell Siporin, Raymond Breinin, Holger Cahill, John Fabian, Eddie Millman, Winn Nathanson, Fairfield Porter, Norman MacLeish, Ossip Zadkine, Betty Parsons, Alfonso Ossorio, Max Ernst, Julien Levy, Peggy Guggenheim, Bill de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Barney Newman, Nicolas Calas, Bob Motherwell, Monroe Wheeler, Myra Shapiro, Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg, Alfred Knopf, Robert Flaherty, Jaime Sebartés, Frederick Kiesler, Robert Matta, Mario Praz, Bill Denby, Ben Johnson, Milton Gendel, Walter Auerbach, Jerry Wilhelm, Eugene Goossens, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
John Walter Stephan (1906-1995) was a painter.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 54 min.
Provenance:
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.
Occupation:
Painters -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Great Depression  Search this
New York school of art  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.stepha86
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-stepha86
Online Media:

An illustrated history of interior decoration : from Pompeii to art nouveau / Mario Praz

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
388 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Europe
Date:
1994
Topic:
Interior decoration--History  Search this
Interior architecture--History  Search this
Aesthetics, European  Search this
Manners and customs in art  Search this
Interior decoration in art  Search this
Call number:
NK1860 .P92 E1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_477421

Le Stanze della memoria : vedute di ambienti, ritratti in interni e scene di conversazione dalla collezione Praz : dipinti ed acquarelli, 1776-1870 / a cura di Stefano Susinno e Elena di Majo ; con una scelta di scritti sull'argomento di Mario Praz

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Susinno, Stefano  Search this
Di Maio, Elena  Search this
Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna (Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Praz, Mario 1896- Art collections Exhibitions  Search this
Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna (Italy)  Search this
Physical description:
108 p. : ill. (some col.), plans ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Watercolor painting  Search this
Painting  Search this
Call number:
ND1727.I8 P92 1987
ND1727.I8P92 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_367382

Gusto neoclassico, di Mario Praz

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
331 p., 2 l. LXX pl. (incl. ports., facsim.) on 35 l. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1940
18th century
Topic:
Classicism in art  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N7432.5.C6 P92
N7432.5.C6P92
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_120311

An illustrated history of interior decoration from Pompeii to Art Nouveau / Mario Praz ; [translated from the Italian by William Weaver]

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
396 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
1982, c1981
Topic:
Interior decoration--History  Search this
Genre (Art)  Search this
Call number:
NK1860 .P92 E1982
NK1860.P92 E1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_163513

An illustrated history of furnishing, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. [Translated from the Italian by William Weaver]

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
396 p. illus. (part col.) 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
[1964]
Topic:
Interior decoration--History  Search this
Genre (Art)  Search this
Call number:
NK1860.P713X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_183325

Conversation pieces; a survey of the informal group portrait in Europe and America

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
287 p. illus. (part col.) 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
[1971]
Topic:
Conversation piece (Portrait painting)  Search this
Call number:
ND1304 .P72 E1971
ND1304.P72 E1971
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_11203

On Neoclassicism; translated from the Italian by Angus Davidson

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
400 p. 71 plates. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
Topic:
Neoclassicism (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N6425.N4 P92 E1969
N6425.N4P92 E1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_25238

Studies in seventeenth-century imagery

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. illus., facsims. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
1974
1964-74
Topic:
Emblems  Search this
Devices (Heraldry)  Search this
Call number:
N7740 .P7214 1964X
N7740.P7214 1964X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_33366

Mnemosyne: the parallel between literature and the visual arts

Author:
Praz, Mario 1896-1982  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 261 p. 121 illus. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
[1970]
Topic:
Art and literature  Search this
Call number:
NX175 .P92
NX175.P92
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_3667

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