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Art #1: Jeanne-Claude & Christo

I’d met the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude at a Monticello luncheon one July 4th. They were the speakers for a group of several hundred newly fledged US Citizens.

I’ve always been partial to red-headed French women–I wrote a book about one! Jeanne-Claude was actually born in Morocco, and had dyed hair, but she was, as te French say, “Such a One!”
 
The invitation to her memorial services included an early photo of her, when she first arrived in Paris, around age 18. I did an underpainting of her and another of Pablo Picasso, when he first arrived Paris, also age 18.