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Oral history interview with James Lesesne Wells, 1989 November 16

Oral history interview with James Lesesne Wells, 1989 November 16

Wells, James Lesesne, 1902-1993

Painter, Educator, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound cassettes

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 45 min.

Summary: An interview of James Lesesne Wells conducted 1989 November 16, by Jock Reynolds and Richard Powell, for the Archives of American Art. Wells speaks of his early childhood in Atlanta, Georgia and Florida; his education; his interest in drawing; symbolic storytelling; mythological subject matter; and African influence.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Lesesne Wells (1902-1993) was a printmaker from Washington, D.C.

Provenance

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.

Funding

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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with James Lesesne Wells, 1989 November 16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.