Size: Transcript: 195 pages
Format: Originally recorded on 10 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 20 digital wav files. Duration is 14 hr., 24 min.
Summary: An interview of Peter Blume conducted 1983 August 16-1984 May 23, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Blume discusses his training with the Soyer brothers; his precociously early exhibitions with Charles Daniel; Daniel's assistant, Alanson Hartpence; Alfred Stieglitz, Malcolm Cowley, and various figures of the bohemian art crowd of Greenwich Village in the 1920s; increasing compositional complexity and use of intense colors in the late 1920s; his working methods; renown brought by first prize (1934) in Carnegie International for the "South of Scranton"; patronage of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; his Guggenheim fellowship to Italy and germination of "The Eternal City" (1934-7), and its purchase in early 1940s by the Museum of Modern Art; purchases of his work by the Whitney and the Metropolitan museums; World War II army paintings; Post-World War II paintings, in particular, "The Rock" (1948), "Passage to Etna" (1956), "Tasso's Oak" (1960), and a series on the seasons (1964-1983); and his preparatory studies.