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Oral history interview with Van Day Truex, 1971 November 15

Truex, Van Day, 1904-1979

Painter, Designer


Collection Information

Size: 53 Pages, Transcript

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

Summary: An interview of Van Day Truex conducted 1971 November 15, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Discusses his youth in the midwest; art studies at New York School of Fine and Applied Arts; life in New York; studies in Paris; Parson's School of Design; his interest in interior design; his affiliation with Tiffany's; exhibitions; and his return to France to live for seven months of the year.

Biographical/Historical Note

Van Day Truex (1904-1979) was a painter and designer from Menerbes, France and New York, N.Y. Truex spent his youth in Wyoming and Idaho and went to New York to study art.


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

Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Van Day Truex, 1971 November 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.