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LH Interview # 35
Interviewee: Mrs. Albert D. Lasker
Interviewer: John T. Mason, Jr.
New York City
April 12, 1965


Last time, Mrs. Lasker, you were talking about modern French artists and this time you've promised to talk about American artists whom you have known and dealt with.


When I was married to Paul Reinhardt and we were running the Reinhardt Galleries, we seldom had shows of American painters. We did, however, have one American, Maurice Stern, who was a charming man and a friend of the Lewisohns, who were collectors of his work as well as collectors of impressionists and modern French painters. He, however, was not very original; was extremely influenced by Cezanne and by the painters of France on the whole. The original painters in the '20s and '30s in the United States seemed to be to be Georgia O'Keeffe, who was handled by her husband, Alfred Stieglas, and Maron, whose paintings I didn't particularly like. Very few others seemed to be anything but improvisers on French painters of the late 19th century, impressionists. I always was interested in Georgia O'Keeffe because she painted in a fresh way and also because she was a woman painter and there are relatively few original woman painters in the whole history of art. I never bought

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