Oral history interview with Leonard Bocour

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bocour78
Creators:
Bocour, Leonard, 1910-1993
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1978 June 8
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
60 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Leonard Bocour conducted 1978 June 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Bocour speaks of his early interest in art; early influences on him, especially Emil Ganso; studying at the Art Students League; his beginning in the paint business; artists he became acquainted with including Leon Kroll, Eugene Speicher, Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko; the growth of his business, Bocour Artist Colors; technical changes in his product; the early use of acrylic paint; and his philosophies of collecting art work.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Leonard Bocour (1910-1993) was an art collector and paint manufacturer of New York, New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on-line.
Author
Sponsor
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Paint industry and trade -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paint Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Avery, Milton, 1885-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ganso, Emil, 1895-1941 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bocour Artist Colors (Firm) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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