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I have wanted to write you ever since I first arrived in France4, but this has been a hectic summer. You probably know that the city of Omaha5 raised a fund and asked me to have a portrait painted for them—your own idea, you see! I was terribly puzzled about choosing a painter, and I at last decided on Léon Bakst6, who did all the costumes and settings for the Russian Ballet, you know. He happened to be in Paris7 just now, and he was the most interesting man in sight. He seldom does portraits, but some french friends of his like my books and told him about them, and he said he'd like to paint me. It's a long story, how I came to meet him, and someday I'll tell you all about it.
I will certainly be at home8 for
Christmas this year, and I hope to go out to Red Cloud9 the first week
VILLE-D'AVRAY 19, RUE DU SEVRES
SEINE ET OISE in December. I hope you can go then, too. I'll have so much to tell you about this lovely house of Isabelle's10 and all the delightful people I've met.
Bakst is distinctly "modern" in his painting, you know, and rather fanciful. He won't do a photographical likeness for anybody. Yet I think this picture will look like me in the end. Of course the Omaha people won't be satisfied—people never are with a portrait, but they ought to know his name well enough to be glad to have a picture by him.
With my love to you and Mr. Weisz11Yours always Willie Mrs. Chas. William Weisz1 818 Lafayette Parkway Chicago3 Ill. U. S. A VILLE D'AVRAY, SEINE ET OISE 2 13 -8 1923 12 25 Portrait