Morreau, Jacqueline (1 of 17). National Life Stories: Artists' Lives
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2002-03-01, 2002-06-20, 2002-06-21, 2002-12-16
interviewee's home, London
Morreau, Jacqueline, 1929-2016 (speaker, female)
Whiteley, Gillian (speaker, female)
Part 1: Tape 1 (F10802) Side A: 1 March 2002 Jacqueline Morreau [JM]’s early family history in Milwaukee. Influence of great uncle Arthur Segall and landscape painter Julius Segall. Father, Eugene Segall, designed light fittings. Describes early artistic influences. Viennese family background. Grandmother born Vienna and her father, Benedict, was lieder singer and later had music store in Galesbourg. JM’s uncle Elmer also a painter. Discusses grandfather’s pharmacy store and wild rural community. Story about grandfather being sent to Chicago to find brother. JM named after paternal grandfather, Jacques, a great reader. Discusses significance of this, inheritance of his library, his infatuation with Napoleon. Mother’s family. Mother born Rumania 1897 or 1898 – Jennie Horowitz, born blind, eldest of 4 children. Story of emigration to US and mother’s miraculous cure of blindness as infant. Her father was building contractor. Discusses multi-cultural community in Milwaukee, lots of Polish, Swedes and Germans. Discusses idyllic nature of place to grow up. Mother and father’s meeting in Milwaukee and marriage. Father sentimental, mother practical. Family home in Detroit, brother Harold born 1919, JM 10 years later. Moved back to Milwaukee. JM born in time of [Wall Street] Crash and family moved to smaller premises, father’s lighting fittings business struggled so he became travelling salesman. Father took job in Louisiana when JM was 9 years old and they moved. JM’s earliest memories – anecdotes about visits to grandmother’s house.
Life story interview with artist Jacqueline Morreau.