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Oral history interview with Milton Resnick, 1988 July 13-Oct. 11

Resnick, Milton, 1917-2004

Painter, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 172 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 46 min.

Summary: An interview of Milton Resnick conducted 1988 July 13-Oct. 11, by Cynthia Nadelman, for the Archives of American Art. Resnick speaks of his life in Russia, New York, and Paris, his views on light and dark in painting; the development of his two paintings, NIGHT and DAY; his watercolors; his distrust of ideas; the influence of Soutine and Monet on him. He recalls Willem and Elaine de Kooning, the Club, Harold Rosenberg, Thomas B. Hess, Pat Passlof, Hans Hofmann, Lionel Abel, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Milton Resnick (1917-2004) is a painter from New York, N.Y.


These interviews are part of the Archives' 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 .


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

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Milton Resnick, 1988 July 13-Oct. 11. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.