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Reid, Sir Norman (6 of 13). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives.

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    2000-02-03, 2000-04-12, 2000-12-20, 2005-03-29, 2005-05-06

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    Interviewee's home.

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    Reid, Sir Norman, 1915-, (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 6. Sir Norman Reid [NR] first saw Matisse paintings at Wildenstein’s while a schoolboy. More discussion of Peter Westwater’s portraits. De Laszlo. As a painter, NR has strong sense of pattern, e.g. within a landscape. NR and portraits. His attitudes to future life while at art school. Travelling scholarship. Army life. Social circle at Edinburgh. Donald Moody. Johnny Maxwell. ‘Nights in the Garden of Spain.’ Fellow students. Dennis Peploe. Norman Mansbridge’s advice to NR not to stay in Edinburgh too long; Scottish tendency to view Scotland as the world. Wellington, principal of the college, wanted to make his students good Europeans. Travelling scholarships to go abroad for short periods in second year; NR and Jean to Brussels, Munich. Details about Jean Bertram, NR’s future wife; both got a post-graduate studio and travelling scholarships; both abroad for academic year ca. 1938; in the 1950s and 60s, now married, they were taken in by Spanish couple, and saw areas in Europe from a more privileged vantage point; Romanesque churches; background of Spanish friends, whom NR met through the (Bob) Sainsburys. Piero della Francesca. Further details of Jean; Jean made dressing gowns for NR and for Gabo, details; Jean’s father a cabinet-maker, too; NR also has good practical skills. NR’s dressing-gown material was silk given to them by Zika Ascher [ZA]; first met ZA when NR wanted to show Matisse papier-colle at the Tate; details of ZA.

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Reid, Sir Norman (6 of 13). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives.

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