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Oral history interview with Norman Bluhm, 1969 October 23-November 12

Bluhm, Norman, 1921-1999



Collection Information

Size: 67 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 34 min.

Summary: Interviews of Norman Bluhm conducted 1969 October 23-November 12, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Bluhm speaks of studying architecture with Mies van der Rohe at Armour Institute of Technology; his early interest in architecture; the quality of art education; how he started painting; living in Paris and the effect it had on him and his career; subject matter in his paintings; returning to New York; earning a living as a painter; his painting methods and materials; the way painters live; and collectors he has known.

Biographical/Historical Note

Norman Bluhm (1921-1999) was a painter from Millbrook, New York.


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

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3196 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Norman Bluhm, 1969 October 23-November 12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.