Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Curtis, Roger

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Curtis, Roger
  • Curtis, Roger, Interviewee
  • Masters, David, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview:Color pool theory, Aldro Hibbard, Charles A. Winter, Albert Schroeder. Dolly Sloan, The Socialist, S pattern, Stanley Woodward, Harrison Cady, Natalie Nordstrand, Maurice Prendergast, Otis Cook, Stuart Davis, Alice B. Winters, Tom Nichols, John Sloan, Robert Henri, Emile Gruppe.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):David Masters (7/5/1978).
  • TRACKS: Family heritage goes back to 1656 in Gloucester, firmly embedded in the soil here, general background and biography -- How he got into painting, treasurer of Guild of Boston Artists, American Artists' Professional League and North Shore Arts Association -- How clamming led to art for Curtis, Howard (Curtis) was my severest critic -- Only 3% will make it -- Hibbard's color pool theory -- The Rhythmic S pattern -- It's rather interesting to see what the mind, eyes and hand can do for a person's well being -- The Socialist -- The music and color theory of Charles Allan Winter -- The music and color theory (cont'd), Delaware artists studied concept further -- Hibbard's stage parties, Learn more by listening than by talking -- Serving on juries -- Curtis, a traditionalist, will often prefer a modernist in a show if painter shows knowledge -- The Socialist - mostly man's inhumanity to man -- Where he paints - mostly the New England shore -- The sea and what it meant to Roger Curtis, an important indicator of art and its relationship to people and their environment, music as an aid to the artist, symphony of color and sound -- I think landscape is for the birds when I look into a ground swell it's almost as though it's breathing -- It (the sea) has everything you want it to have -- Painting Hurricane Carol, you drink it in -- I never work from photographs -- I don't like to paint with the idea of dollars and cents, a different S curve.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 07-05-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Curtis, Roger, Interviewee and Masters, David, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Curtis, Roger,” NOBLE Digital Heritage, accessed June 20, 2021,


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