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481 Assisi- Perugia- Jewels of St. Francis March 20 - Wednesday- At first, I regretted the throughing a day in Perugia instead of having the third day in Florence. Now - after having arrived and wandered thru the the old streets - it is good to have stayed in one of the smaller towns of Italy. Charm, quietude, a wonderful view of the mountains of the Umbrian Landscape, the soft greens of Raphael & Perugino. The old stones again had a message for me, in so far as painting is concerned. Why shouldn't the Italians be masters of the surface, of texture, of tonality in color? They needn't stands for [[strikethrough]] For [[/strikethrough]] or imagine it - they are living realities, a natural pair of the landscape. The wonderful beiges, grey whites - pale cream ozlue, dry & pale raw sienna, pale ambers, rose oderes, inpute variety of greys - blue, brown, violet, rose greys drive one to distraction. Then too, Assisi - a jewel of a city - Wonderful old houses & the magnificient, most beautifully pure church I have yet seen in Italy, the Church of St. Frances. The Fleur de Lis - euspercation for Matisse - the designs
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