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(2) [[underline]] Question: [[/underline]] How available are these pictures? [[underline]] Answer: [[/underline]] These pictures are available to everyone. It does not require a fortune. Anybody buying these pictures is not buying a decoration, they are buying a living presence - a presence that becomes a present to themselves, enriching their lives. I will make arrangements with any young collectors to pay a small sum each month throughout the year. I have many such accounts now, who pay me $25.00 a month. You can also buy a good example in oil for $200.00. My average prices range from $400.00 to $750.00. These are outstanding paintings that represent my men very well and I believe they are as reasonable as any on the street. I don't want to turn this cultural program into a commercial, but I do want to inform those who are interested, that it is possible to acquire a painting under very reasonable circumstances. The only guarantee that I can give to my clients is that I have risked money and my future on artists who have already been acknowledged by experts and whom I firmly believe will make history in world art by the vigor, rigor, and conviction inherent in their work. I ask you to allow yourself to become acquainted with this work and to have the experience of living with it. [[underline]] Question: [[/underline]] What does a person have to have to become acquainted with this work? [[underline]] Answer: [[/underline]] The knowledge of the history of art is of value and should be encouraged, particularly the art of the 20th century. But it is not a necessary requirement. What is needed culturally, is [[underline]] sensitivity; [[/underline]] in other words, to look at a painting purely and directly liberated from past prejudices and preconceived ideas. As the story goes, I believe it was about Rubens,... "Rubens, when he represented Flanders in Madrid, was deeply moved by the paintings of Velasquez. Once, while admiring them, a member of the Flemish diplomatic corps said to Rubens, 'Master, why are you so enthusiastic? What do you see in these pictures? I don't get it!' Rubens' answer was, 'If you don't get it, stand in front of the picture until you do get it!'" I wish to recommend Rubens' advice to all who have pre-conceived ideas.
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