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Robert Rucker (1994)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-11-04

Duration: 00:26:17

Subjects: Rucker, Robert M. | Painters | Arts | ARTISTS


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Rucker, Robert Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from November 4, 1994, features an interview with Robert Rucker conducted by Gus Weill. Rucker, a native of New Orleans, is an impressionist painter. He discusses: his family of riverboat captains; his work habits; his home in Abita Springs; the influence of his older brother and his neighbor on his painting; his mother’s experimental art gallery in the French Quarter; the first painting he sold; the development of his polio; his experimentation with abstraction; the reproduction business and its effect on art; his time as a student at the John McCrady Institute of Art; his time as a medical artist at Tulane University; the emotional side of painting; art critics; Louisiana culture and food; his three daughters; and the necessity of discipline.