A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 24, 1958

THE surging popularity of U.S. painting in the art centers of Western Europe apparently does not stop short at the Iron Curtain. Proof of this is arriving at Manhattan's Whitney Museum of American Art in the form of scores of warm letters of appreciation from painters, sculptors, critics, curators and librarians—many of them speaking out to the West for the first time—from the muted lands of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Rumania. What triggered this spontaneous outpouring of sentiment was a single book: Three Hundred Years of American Painting by Alexander Eliot, an associate...

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