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Remembering Al Fabry
Al rented our Bronxville NY Art Studio during the 1950s and 1960s. He was a wonderful and talented man, who inspired many of us to paint for enjoyment. He generously gave us one of his water colors of Long Island Sound, which hangs today in my bedroom.
Al and Sally Fabry in Antibes
My wife and I met Al and Sally in Nice, France in early 1968 while he was on sabbatical. He convinced my wife and I to move to Antibes into the apartment complex where they were staying with Jimmy. We enjoyed many wonderful outings and evenings with them, including a trip to Ile Saint Maguerite to visit the prison where the "Man in the Iron Mask" was held captive. Alois also introduced us to Andre Verdet,who at that time was a protege of Pablo Picasso. Al tried to arrange a meeting with Picasso to which we were to be invited; however Picasso sent a note to him via Andre which asked Al to forgive him for not taking the time to meet with him, but asked Al to understand that he felt he was nearing the end of his life and therefore spent virtually all his time trying to complete several different works which were consuming all his waking hours. Al's daughter, Martha, and his english son-in-law, Brian also joined us on several occasions,including the trip to St Marguerite. We purchased one of Al's "How to paint books" which we still have, along with several pictures of us all together. He and Sally were truly remarkable people and inspired us to try our hand at painting. I am sure he is sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have met him or participated in one of his classes.
My Art Teacher
I miss Al more as each year passes. He was an important part of my life, a mentor who generously passed along his extensive knowledge and insights of art and life. He inspired me and encouraged me as his student at New Canaan High School (1958- 1960)and later as friend. When he and Sally visited me on Cape Cod in 1973 I bought several of his paintings. My favorite is the oil of the island Myknos in Greece. The light and playfullness of color and pattern of line renew my appreciation of his talent each day. I treasure that wonderful painting. It is the focus of our dining room adding to our happiness each day. I would love to talk with anyone who knew Al and would like to share experiences and memories of my good friend Al Fabry.