Oral history interview with Harold Tovish
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Tovish, Harold, 1921-2008
Brown, Robert F.
1974 February 7-1977 March 17
Physical Description:
3 Items
sound files
digital, wav file
67 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Harold Tovish, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution on June 24, 1974 and March 17, 1977.
Scope and Contents
Tovish speaks of his first introduction to art and sculpture as a child; growing up in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum; meeting and marrying Marianna Pineda; getting a scholarship to study sculpture at Columbia; serving in the Army in World War II; studying and working in Paris after World War II; early exhibitions; getting a teaching job at Alfred University; his teaching style and attitude towards students; his conception of himself as an artist; his limited output. Tovish also recalls Ossip Zadkine, William Zorach, Germaine Richier, Oronzio Malderelli, George Grosz, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Harold Tovish (1921-2008) was a painter and sculptor from Brookline, Massachusetts.

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.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.

Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 10 min.

Digital Content

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This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire audio recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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