Publisher's Letter, Dec. 17, 1956

Dear TIME-Reader:

IN THE six years since TIME began publishing full-color reproductions each week in the Art section, the editors have been struck time and again by the strength and vitality of native U.S. art. Along with the foreign painting, sculpture and architecture, from the ancient Egyptians and Etruscans to the latest sculpture from Paris, TIME has recorded the history and day-to-day ferment of American paintings, from the untutored journeyman portraitists of colonial days to the explosive abstract expressionists. Among the almost 700 full-color reproductions printed since 1951, some 200 were of American paintings, the most extensive color survey of U.S. art...

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