But did the wizard shut up?
No, he did not shut up, even though I was nodding like a bobblehead.
“Indy, this painting is from the personal collection of
Arnold Henry Bergier, the famous sculptor!”
I have to admit, the painting was starting to get interesting.
“Bergier sang in the Metropolitan Opera chorus until 1938 when he went to Paris to study art with Camilo Egas. He was there until the outbreak of World War II and then he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific as an artist and photographer for Admiral Nimitz.”
“When Bergier returned home to Greenwich Village after the war, he was commissioned to sculpt a bust of Albert Einstein and he designed the Hannukah Menorah for the Baltimore Hebrew Temple along with sculptures of John Dewey, Arturo Toscanini and
Walt Whitman and lots of other famous people.”
I said, “I’m glad you bought it, sir.
A thing like that belongs here at Wizard Academy.”
And I think I actually meant it.
This is a self-portrait of Lou Witkin, the Woodstock artist who painted the Quixote for Arnold Henry Bergier in 1949.
Witkin was born in 1913, Bergier in 1914, and Woodstock is only 105 miles from Greenwich Village up Highway 87, so it’s easy to assume the two artists were friends.