Vaux, Marc (12 of 76). National Life Stories: Artists' Lives
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2000-09-13, 2003-02-06, 2003-02-27, 2003-03-27, 2003-06-26, 2003-10-15, 2003-11-05
Interviewee's studio, London
Vaux, Marc, 1932- (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 12: Tape 6: Side B: Marc Vaux [MV] born 1932 in Swindon, Wiltshire. MV describes his family and background; older sister, Jane, and younger brother, Adrian; remarks on his grandparents; on his father and the family name – originally hyphenated as Depledge-Vaux; father born in Wakefield; comments on the history of his name – Vaux; more on MV’s grandparents. Describes his father’s artistic endeavours – was a talented painter but didn’t pursue art as a career; he worked with water-colours; he copied famous works such as ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer, ‘The Laughing Cavalier’ by Frans Hals and works by Cezanne; on his techniques; MV comments influence of his father’s work on him. MV describes his early experiences painting landscapes; early bicycle rides searching for a landscape to paint; difficulties with these searches; looking for the scenes from the Royal Academy paintings; more on his father as a painter and the influence on him as a child; describes occasion when his father painted him. Comments on his relationship with his brother who also went to art school; on the interactions between MV, his brother and his father; recalls anecdote about seeing an early exhibition of Picasso; his father hated them and was inclined to agree with people like Alfred Munnings. Comments on his father’s attitude toward MV’s art career; father wouldn’t attend his shows in the sixties. MV on first entering art school; influenced by Miro, Chagall; showed father their works and father said they were “rubbish”; mentions that his mother disciplined him not his father; mother used to beat him. Comments on early works MV saw in the Royal Academy - Ruskin Spear and James Fitton among others.