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Oral history interview with Zoltan Sepeshy, 1973 April 26

Sepeshy, Zoltan L. (Zoltan Leslie), 1898-1974

Muralist, Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 30 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 18 min.

Summary: An interview of Zoltan Sepeshy conducted 1973 April 26, by Dennis Barrie, for the Archives of American Art. Sepeshy speaks of his early years at Cranbrook Academy and describes the scene at Cranbrook in 1930, its staff, and nucleus of creative artists. He discusses the prevailing philosophy of freedom and independence for students at Cranbrook. He recalls George Booth, Eliel Saarinen, and Carl Milles.

Biographical/Historical Note

Zoltan Sepeshy (1898-1974) was a painter.


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Zoltan Sepeshy, 1973 April 26. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.