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Oral history interview with Martin Friedman, 1965 Sept. 3-Sept. 5

Friedman, Martin, 1896-1980

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 sound tape reels ; 5 in.

Transcript: 27 p.

Summary: An interview of Martin Friedman in Provincetown, Mass. conducted 1965 Sept. 3-Sept. 5, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.

Friedman discusses his background and education; Albert Pinkham Ryder's work and the influence it had on him; his artistic development; the importance of music to his life and work; exhibitions; and painting techniques.

Biographical/Historical Note

Martin Friedman (1896-1980) was a painter from Budapest, Hungary.


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 available on line.

Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Martin Friedman, 1965 Sept. 3-Sept. 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.