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In fact, she was so much focused on being forward-looking that I think thereís a way in which she didnít sort of take care of or shape her image. She said the worst thing that ever happened to her was the photograph of ĎThe Irasciblesí in Life magazine in 1951 [below right], but I think if it hadnít been for that photograph, nobody would know who she is! I think Hedda felt that it hurt because the associations she thought were false. She didnít consider herself an abstract artist. She thought basically she was discovering America and drawing America as she saw it. She didnít think she was an expressionist, she thought she was an anti-emotive artist. She also felt like the men were peeved at her because they thought her presence, a womanís presence took away from the seriousness of their mission.

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