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Oral history interview with Larry Day, 1991 February 21

Day, Larry, 1921-



Collection Information

Size: 135 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 51 min.

Summary: An interview of Larry Day conducted 1991 February 21, by Marina Pacini, for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Day discusses his family and childhood in Philadelphia; military service; attending Temple University's Tyler School of Art including a discussion of the faculty, classes and programs; starting a frame making business with Robert Kulicke; involvement with New York painters of the 1950's, traveling to Europe; teaching at The Philadelphia College of Art; galleries and dealers he worked with including Pearl Fox, Hank Dublin, Gallery 1015 and Gross McCleaf Gallery; the development of his painting style and the importance of Egyptian fayum portraits, Matisse and Balthus; and changing from representational to abstract art and back to representational art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Larry Day (1921- ) is a painter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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 administrators.

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 4777 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 Larry Day, 1991 February 21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.