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Oral history interview with Russell Cowles, 1969 April 16

Cowles, Russell, 1887-1979



Collection Information

Size: 32 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 41 min.

Summary: An interview of Russell Cowles conducted 1969 April 16, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Cowles speaks of growing up in Iowa; Iowa landscapes; his education; working in Charles Cumming's studio; his studies at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design; working as an assistant to Barry Faulkner; his Prix De Rome fellowship, 1915-1920; his travels to China, Japan, Java and elsewhere; the Santa Fe art colony in the 1930s; dealers; his photographs; representational painting; his reaction to the Armory Show of 1913; his reading tastes; painting from memory. He recalls Kenyon Cox, Andrew Michael Dasburg, Dalzell Hatfield, and Douglas Volk.

Biographical/Historical Note

Russell Cowles (1887-1979) was a painter, New York, New York.


This interview is 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 .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Russell Cowles, 1969 April 16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.