De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period

Ifitmadeanyrealsenseanditdoesn’tevenbegintoIthinkImightbeinclinedtodedicatethisaccount,forwhateverit’sworth,especiallyifit’stheleastbitribaldinparts,tothememoryofmylate,ribaldstepfather,RobertAgadganian,Jr.Bobbyaseveryone,evenI,calledhimdiedin1947,surelywithafewregrets,butwithoutasinglegripe,ofthrombosis.Hewasanadventurous,extremelymagnetic,andgenerousman.(Afterhavingspentsomanyyearslaboriouslybegrudginghimthosepicaresqueadjectives,Ifeelit’samatteroflifeanddeathtogettheminhere.)

Mymotherandfatherweredivorcedduringthewinterof1928,whenIwaseight,andmothermarriedBobbyAgadganianlatethatspring.Ayearlater,intheWallStreetCrash,Bobbylosteverythingheandmotherhad,withtheexception,apparently,ofamagicwand.Inanycase,practicallyovernight,Bobbyturnedhimselffromadeadstockbrokerandincapacitatedbonvivantintoalive,ifsomewhatunqualified,agent-appraiserforasocietyofindependentAmericanartgalleriesandfineartsmuseums.Afewweekslater,earlyin1930,ourrathermixedthreesomemovedfromNewYorktoParis,thebetterforBobbytoplyhisnewtrade.Beingacool,nottosayanice-cold,tenatthetime,Itookthebigmove,sofarasIknow,untraumatically.ItwasthemovebacktoNewYork,nineyearslater,threemonthsaftermymotherdied,thatthrewme,andthrewmeterribly.

IrememberasignificantincidentthatoccurredjustadayortwoafterBobbyandIarrivedinNewYork.

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