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Oral history interview with Siegfried G. Reinhardt, 1976 May 22-June 26

Oral history interview with Siegfried G. Reinhardt, 1976 May 22-June 26

Reinhardt, Siegfried Gerhard, 1925-1984

Muralist, Painter, Designer, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 130 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound tapes. Reformated in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 59 min.

Summary: An interview of Siefried G. Reinhardt conducted 1976 May 22-June 26, by Richard Gaugert, for the Archives of American Art.

Reinhardt discusses his origins in East Prussia; early childhood memories and influences; immigrating to the United States and St. Louis, Mo.; the Depression; his early interest in drawing; copying Durer woodcuts as a learning process; the influence of Charles Quest; Scholastic Art Awards; his interest in language and literature; involvement with evangelical reform and Scripture; techniques; exposure to modern art, Pablo Picasso, Surrealism, Salvador Dali, abstract expresionism; imagery in his work; the creative process; Philip Guston; Army experiences in WWII; attending Washington University; exposure to religious writers, churches in St. Louis; introduction to stained glass; association with Emil Frei, Inc. (Emil Frei, Jr.) ; commissions; work habits; and designing and making furniture.

Biographical/Historical Note

Siegfried G. Reinhardt (1925-1984) was a painter and designer from St. Louis, Mo.

Funding

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.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Siegfried G. Reinhardt, 1976 May 22-June 26. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.