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May 25, 2023


Wonderful, important article. Thank you so much.
I absolutely love Marianne von Werefkin's "Autumn School"!

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, the time was stuffed with painters like Werefkin. There are so many blocks to putting things together and not just "woman invisibility". There's also, especially, individual family and social situations and the workings of inheritance and the nature of a purely capitalist art market. You can see both things at work in the local flea markets here in Paris. As people over 70 die off, their stuff comes helter skelter into these markets, dumped as a lot into the hands of a brocanteur by an impatient child. "Maman a fait beaucoup de peintures. C'est mignon tutu ça mais qu'est ce qu'on va en faire?" Sometimes there are real pearls of paintings and I think, there goes another unknown genius!

I am also quite taken by the portrait of Maria Uhden, "Woman with Bird." It is haunting, even before I read that she tragically died in childbirth.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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