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Lasker:

Yes. Isn't that terrible?

Q:

Yes. And the Zouave?

Lasker:

Yes. I sold that two or three years ago. But, you know, nobody ever talked to me about them, and I was so used to them that I didn't see them any more. Nobody expressed themselves about pictures at all. After they were sold, a couple of people said, well, I think it's terrible and I don't know why you did that. But while I had them for thirty-five years, nobody mentioned them. Barely mentioned them. Isn't that amazing?

Q:

I loved that Zouave, and I certainly cherish the lithograph that you gave me of the Zouave. That's one of my prizes.

Lasker:

Well, I decided that I would live in a different kind of an atmosphere. It was exactly the same as I'd lived in for thirty-five years. As long as I had those pictures, everything would look the same. I probably should have loaned them to a museum or put them in storage some place for five or six years and then gotten them out again, because then they would have seemed fresh to me. You know? But I sold them. I have the money.

Q:

How many did you sell?

Lasker:

I think nineteen.

Q:

Nineteen of them?

Lasker:

Yes. I have a lot of contemporary American things, and I have a lot of French pictures still.



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