Oral history interview with Hassel Smith, 1978 September 5

Smith, Hassel Wendell , b. 1915 d. 2007
Painter, Printmaker
Active in England; Calif.

Size: Transcript: 28 pages.

Format: Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 8 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Hassel Smith conducted 1978 September 5, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Smith speaks of his childhood; his education; studying under Maurice Sterne at the California School of Fine Arts; the influence of Clyfford Still; early exhibitions of Smith's work; and living in England.

Biographical/Historical Note: Hassel Smith (1915-2007) was a painter from Bristol, England.

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.

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.

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