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Oral history interview with Irene Rice Pereira, 1968 August 26-27

Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice), 1902-1971

Painter, Author


Collection Information

Size: 123 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of Irene Rice Pereira conducted 1968 August 26-27, by Forrest Selvig, for the Archives of American Art.
Pereira speaks of her family background and youth in Boston and Great Barrington, Massachusetts; the Art Students League; travels to Europe and Africa; her theories on light; the relationship between her poetry and her painting; the importance of dreams on her work; painting on glass; difficulties with the Museum of Modern Art; efforts to counter current art trends; abstract expressionism.

Biographical/Historical Note

Irene Rice Pereira (1902-1971) was a painter, writer, and educator in New York, New York.


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 .

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Irene Rice Pereira, 1968 August 26-27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.