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5 East 57th. St.
New York 22. N.Y.

January 31, 1950

Dear F.G.:

How very pleasant it was to receive your four lines of January 25th., with the photographs of the two drawings you just purchased, and how good of you to offer me a half share in them.

For once, however, the photographs must not I surmise give a very good idea of the drawings.  I refer particularly to the woman with the large hat, as it seems so very hard, which is rather unusual for La Fresnaye altogether, and particularly of his last few years.

As you bought them you must probably have examined them carefully, but that particular drawing, had I only seen the photograph would look as if especially the shadows had been reinforced later on.  I repeat this is merely an impression from the photograph, and I feel certain that the drawing looks probably different.

As please as I am to be co-owner of the drawings, with you, I will say that you will I believe have great facilities for selling them in Paris than in New York, where in spite of my group, I do not seem to be able to sell any.  This does not of course change my opinion as to the merit of the artist, but just that very few people are interested in his work, and I am certainly the greatest client for La Fresnaye drawings and watercolors.

Many thanks again for your sweet message, and with much love,

Yours,

(Germain Seligmann)

Monsieur Francois Gerard Seligmann
Seligmann & Cie.
23 Place Vendome
Paris
France

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