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Get Real, Art Snob!

August 02, 1987

I am sorry I do not know Wilson's art credentials, but his snobbery is showing.

I agree with much of his criticism. For me, the paintings offered a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Russian life and home. Though the works were glossy and photographic in style, they reflected the period of realism when the artists turned away from traditional European influence to paint ordinary people and find an expression of their own.

My problem is accepting Wilson's attitude toward people less educated in art than he. This is especially reflected in his final sentence: "The lady from Dubuque wants to get back on the bus." I find Wilson's snobbery and chauvinism even more dated than the Russian Realism of the turn-of-the-century.

I, for one, delight in the growing interest in art in Los Angeles. How else does one develop the expertise of a Wilson?

ELDA SODERQUIST

Thousand Oaks

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