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Oral history interview with Hassel Smith, 1978 September 5

Smith, Hassel Wendell, 1915-2007

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 28 Pages, Transcript

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

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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3199 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 Hassel Smith, 1978 September 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.