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Oral history interview with Bettina Brendel, 2001 August 23

Oral history interview with Bettina Brendel, 2001 August 23

Brendel, Bettina, 1922-

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 44 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 3 min.

Summary: An interview of Bettina Brendel conducted August 23, 2001, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in Brendel's home/studio.

Brendel discusses her family, her education and art, travels and residences, as well as her interest in science and physics. She recalls Erik Hatmann, John Anthony Waites, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Oskar and Elfriede Fischinger, Jules Engel, Leonard Edmundson, Elaine de Kooning, Richard Feynman, and John McLaughlin.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bettina Brendel (1922-) is a painter from Los Angeles, California.


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 transcription of this interview provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance


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

Transcript available at Archives of American Art offices with an appointment and through interlibrary loan.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Bettina Brendel, 2001 August 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.