Gombrich, E. H. (Ernst Hans). (4 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 4. Was not a frequent theatre-goer. Went to Festival of Britain but no great impact. No involvement with AIA. Knew Roland Penrose and was involved with ICA, details. Julie Lawson. RP contributed to 'Illusion in Nature and Art', published by Ernst Gombrich (EG) and Richard Gregory. Knew Anthony Blunt well. Didn't want to see Alan Bennett's play on Blunt. Courtauld under Blunt. [Phone interrupts; when conversation continues, the subject is briefly the lecture EG gave at the University of York in the early 1970s and later used for a lecture at the Royal Academy.] Alan Bowness. EG more interested in the past that, for example, the way the Tate Gallery has developed. Art and painting almost corrupted by art market, dealers, media, hype etc. Hard for young, gifted artist to penetrate art world. Anticipates possibility of quite different forms of art in the future. Rarely able to go to exhibitions now but did go to the Rembrandt exhibition at the National Gallery (1999). EG working on 'The Preference for the Primitive' and also a short piece about Michelangelo. Secretary comes approx twice a week. EG writes in longhand and sometimes reads this into a tape. Founder of Phaidon Press, Bela Horowitz, to whom EG didicated 'Meditations on a Hobby Horse' Evolution of 'The Story of Art'. Walter Neurath and EG's 'World History for Children'.

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