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Oral history interview with John Rewald, 1972 Nov. 16-1973 Feb. 8

Rewald, John, 1912-1994

Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 105 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 18 min.

Summary: Interview of John Rewald conducted 1972 Nov. 16-1973 Feb. 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Rewald speaks of his youth in Germany; the development of his interest in art; his education; beginning his writing career; traveling through Europe; the beginnings of his interest in Cezanne; coming to the U.S.; meeting Alfred Barr; his association with the Museum of Modern Art; working as a consultant; philosophies of collecting; his books on impressionism and post-impressionism; researching his work on Cezanne; his teaching career; philosophies on the writing of art history; dealers and museums and his relationships with them. He recalls John Hay Whitney.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Rewald (1912-1994) was an art historian, writer, and educator from New York, N.Y.


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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Rewald, 1972 Nov. 16-1973 Feb. 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.