Gombrich, E. H. (Ernst Hans). (3 of 5). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London, United Kingdom

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    Gombrich, E. H. (Ernst Hans), 1909- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker,female)

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    Part 3. Never met Sigmund Freud. Met Lucian Freud but was not involved in discussions with him. Admires LF's work. Adrian Stokes' reputation. AS and Ernst Gombrich (EG) would listen to gramphone records together. [Mrs Gombrich, Isle, joins in the recording at this point] Further memories of AS. First met William Coldstream at the Slade. WC and AS painted from the model together. EG never watched WC painting. WC read the manuscript of Art & Illusion before it was published; WC said he was shattered and couldn't paint for a period because EG had said there was no such thing as real appearance, details. WC one of the most intelligent people EG ever met, hard to reproduce his wit etc. Example of story WC told about Tonks. WC's love of chairing committees. EG left Slade when WC gave into pressure and made it possible for students to avoid previously compulsory aspects of their course. EG's association with Oscar Kokoschka; visted OK's School in Saltzburg. Further details about William Coldstream. Andrew Forge. Sam Carter. Robin Darwin and the Royal College of Art. WC as a teacher. EG thinks his writings were not much influenced by his direct contact with artists. Further details Adrian Stokes. William Townsend. Stuart Hampshire. Freddie Ayer. Karl Popper.

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