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Oral history interview with Arthur Osver, 1976 Jan. 13-14

Osver, Arthur, 1912-2006



Collection Information

Size: 65 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 36 min.

Summary: An interview of Arthur Osver conducted 1976 Jan. 13-14, by Richard (Rick) Gaugert, for the Archives of American Art. Osver discusses his Russian immigrant background; growing up in Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago; his career; teaching methods and influences; his fellowship in France; the influence of Van Gogh; the Federal Art Project; stylistic changes; and his move to St. Louis.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Osver (1912-2006) was a painter from St. Louis, Mo.


This interview is part of the Archives' 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.

Language Note

English .


Funding for this interview was provided by Matilda Wilson. 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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Arthur Osver, 1976 Jan. 13-14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.