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What you’d want to know about Morton Smith

A very talented artist, he had won a scholarship to the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. out of high school.  He had studied with Richard Lahey and Edmund Archer at The Corcoran.  Richard Lahey was the Principal of The Corcoran,  had taught at The Art Students League of New York, and personally knew members of the Ash Can school of painting in New York, such as George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Sloane and others.  Mr. Archer was a Portrait Painter in Washington and Richmond, Virginia who taught the Old Masters’technique of underpainting with warm and cool flesh tones.

Now, Mr. Lahey was very wise politically.  He would predict when things might go well, or badly, and he was uncannily usually right. 

Toward the end of my studies in Washington it might have been intimated that he would compare me with Bellows, or Picasso.  Now I do not compare myself with Bellows at this time, perhaps John Singer Sargent, we’ll see, if there’s time.

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