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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LEONARD BREGER (1920-2013)







                                                    wonderful artist of my acquaintance

                                                    I remember when he asked me
                                                    when his birthday might be
                                                    I answered with my birthday

                                                    but he shook his head no
                                                    "What other day would it be,"

                                                    he asked,
                                                    "but April Fool's Day?"

                                                    Leonard's paintings
                                                    are all self portraits

                                                    but they are also
                                                    portraits of others
                                                    often artists

                                                    but not always
                                                    sometimes of objects, things

                                                    but never "nature morte"
                                                    They are portraits

                                                    of his own aliveness:
                                                    their subject is spirit

                                                    though his portrait of himself
                                                    as a calm, artistic dragon
                                                    complete with brushes

                                                    is a twentieth-century masterpiece.
                                                    He saw himself

                                                    as a multiplicity
                                                    of creatures,

                                                    as a crowded, vibrant city
                                                    of living beings.

                                                    In 1965,




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