Art: From the Dwindling Supply

During a visit to Madrid one day around the turn of the century, Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer of Manhattan bustled into the hotel room of her millionaire husband and airily announced that she was going out to buy an El Greco. With her was Mary Cassatt, the noted American impressionist, who was helping the Have meyers build their great art collection. Said Sugar Tycoon Havemeyer: "You had better add a Goya while you are about it." Replied Painter Cassatt: "Perhaps we may. Who knows?" And with that, the two ladies swept out of the room and off to their mission.

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