During the 1950s, Professor and Mrs. Liberts rented a summer bungalow in New Jersey from my parents for several years, during which time he produced dozens of European landscapes from memory. Just before they left to go back to the City, he would invite us in to tour the makeshift gallery of his summer's output. Canvases were propped up on the sofa back, seat, skirt, against walls, on window sills. I was awe-struck!
I have very fond memories of Mrs. Liberts taking me, say aged 6-9, swimming in the nearby lake and playing 78 records of her singing arias with the Latvian National Opera. She also came up to the house Sunday mornings to watch Oral Roberts on television!!
Although I was warned by my parents not to bother him while he was working, I was so curious that he allowed me to watch quietly. I can still see him working the palette knife so fast it blurred before my eyes. But I knew he had weak health; his lunch of yoghurt was one of the many things about him my conservative family members had not prepared me for. He and his wife were generous people to me. I have told my own children about these wonderful encounters. I would love to locate a canvas from one of these summer sessions to pass on to them.
Thanks for any help you can give me. Sincerely, Jim Walsh