Letters, Dec. 20, 1937

"Off a Duck's Back"

Sirs:

Your article on Cezanne did not relieve Mr. Widener's headache nor did it diminish the accuracy of the label which I pinned on him. . . .

The reason Mr. Widener speaks only through his butler and the picture salesman* whom you refer to as an authority, is that 95% of the enlightened local population have verified my statement that Philadelphia has been '"stung" with an inferior painting. The Artists' Union tops that record with a 100% verdict that it is a "bad Cezanne" (a quotation from its official spokesman)....

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