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Native Talent

I FIRST ENCOUNTERED JOAN MIRÓ in Paris in the early ’30s. He did not know me, as I was only a student at the École des Beaux Arts and he was already famous, a protégé of Picasso, exhibiting at the Galerie Pierre. This space was located at the corner of the rue des Beaux Arts and the rue de Seine, only a few steps away from the École. I was living at 31 rue de Seine, where André Breton held court at his Gradiva gallery, and where Isadora and Raymond Duncan lived and had a gallery also.

While attending the École, I walked by the Galerie Pierre every day on my way to lunch. I came to know Miró’s works quite well. They were a wonderful esthetic shock for me—a liberation, because they were so different from what was taught at the École. After going to the Beaux Arts in the mornings I was at the Grand Chaumière, in Montparnasse, in the afternoons, where I was in charge of hiring the models. Miró,

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