Oral history interview with Virginia Cuthbert, 1995 Aug. 28

Cuthbert, Virginia , b. 1908 d. 2001
Painter, Illustrator
Active in N.Y.

Size: Sound recording: 1 sound cassette (90 min.) : analog.

Format: Due to a stroke in 1994, Ms. Cuthbert's voice is not clearly audible.

Collection Summary: An interview of Virginia Cuthbert conducted 1995 Aug. 28, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, in Cuthbert's home, Buffalo, N.Y.

Ms. Cuthbert discusses her family background in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area; and her father's love of art and acquaintance with Homer Saint-Gaudens, Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art; her very early art education and, later, her study in Europe on a Syracuse University fellowship; her brief study with Felice Carena in Florence and critiques of her work in London by Augustus John and Colin Gill; her study and friendship in New York with George Luks and the beginning of a long friendship with the composer, Virgil Thompson; graduate study in fine arts at the University of Pittsburgh; her engagement to the future museum director, Andrew Ritchie, its breaking-off, and her marriage to Philip Elliott; her further study at the Carnegie Institute with Alexander Kostellow; and a sketching trip to France and Spain.

Biographical/Historical Note: Virginia Cuthbert (1908-2001) was a painter from Buffalo, N.Y. and Pittsburg, Pa.

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.

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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