Richard Brown Baker, whose journal excerpt "My Dinner with Jasper Johns" appeared in issue 143 ofThe Paris Review, is one of the foremost and most prescient collectors of twentieth-century paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures in America. In 1995, he bequeathed a large portion of his collection to the Yale Museum of Art. Now eighty-six, he has been keeping a journal since his boyhood in Rhode Island.



At the point these excerpts begin, Baker is recounting a visit to artist Mt/ton Goldring and Goldn'ng 's wife Man'an in their new Riverside Drive apartment. Lichtenstein was then relatively unknown and much derided by many artists and art collectors.


December, 1961—New York


... Through much of the evening we discussed the qualities of various dealers... Milton announced to us in shocked tones that [Leo] Castelli has recently decided to show a fellow “who just does enlarged comic strip cartoons.” This is a chap named Roy Lichtenstein who…