Academicians may be startled to find their
canvases in close proximity to outsiders and to discover
those outsiders are extremely intelligent craftsmen and not such outlaws and
barbarians after all. And outsiders may be more or less amazed to see that when
hung side by side with works they might call respectable mediocrity, their own
works seem less original than they had supposed
Duncan Phillips, February 1931 The American Magazine of Art
If ever I can do anything for you, be of some use to
you, know that I am at your disposal. We are rather far apart, and we have
perhaps different views on some things; nevertheless, there may come an hour,
there may come a day, when we may be of service to one another...
Vincent Van Gogh, in letter to his brother Theo.