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Oral history interview with Constance Lebrun Crown and David Lebrun, 1974 November 23

Crown, Constance Lebrun, 1916-2010


Collection Information

Size: 37 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 32 min.

Summary: An interview of Constance Lebrun Crown and David Lebrun conducted 1974 November 23, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Crown speaks of meeting Rico Lebrun, becoming his student and marrying him; living in Mexico, Los Angeles, and New Haven; and traveling to Italy. Both speak of Lebrun's perfectionism, his work methods, and daily habits; subject matter that inspired him; his mural paintings; and images of suffering in Lebrun's work. They recall Howard Warshaw and Leonard Baskin.

Biographical/Historical Note

Constance Lebrun Crown was the wife of the artist Rico Lebrun. David Lebrun is their son.


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 others.

Language Note

English .


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: 35mm microfilm reel 3197 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Constance Lebrun Crown and David Lebrun, 1974 November 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.