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As you already know I have been able to paint all thru the war - and am very grateful for the opportunity and tried to make the most of it. Have had fairly good responses from the public (interested in my kind of painting) and from a critical point of view. Moving out here I found difficult - change of light and space - and so damned much to be done around [[strikethrough]] the ho [[/strikethrough]] the place, but feel I'll be down to work soon.
- Bernie S[[insertion]]c[[/insertion]]hardt is in silkscreen printing (cosmetics) on a big skale. Steff is in silk screen business - Sande worked in defense in a small town in Conn. and has opened a silkscreen shop there - just getting by at the moment. Zoe meest is in Ny. and getting some painting done between jobs - Some exciting stuff, abstractions with a personal [[strikethrough]] iz [[/strikethrough]] touch. Mr. Brooks (who has part of my old studio at 46) is back from the army and, painting abstractions, and getting readjusted to the knew life again.
Baziotes, I think is the most interesting of the painters you mentioned - Gorky has taken a new turn for the better - from Picasso thru Miro - Kandinsky and

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Bernie Schardt is http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=4288 James Brooks is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Brooks_(painter) Baziotes is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Baziotes Gorky is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arshile_Gorky

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