To the editor:
How can it be that the Berkshire Museum, which plans to devote itself to science and natural history, wants to sell off its great examples of American landscape painting? A splendid exhibition devoted to the study of the natural environment could be organized around these pictures. They show the North American landscape as it once was by representing the geology, the biology and the climate with painstaking accuracy.
I find in this plan a failure of imagination on the part of the museum's administration that leads to questioning the validity of the whole concept of putting important works from the collection up for sale. How could they have ignored the obvious utility of these paintings to the very goals they claim to seek? To what uses might other works headed for the auction block be put? Maybe it would be better to trade in the administration?
E. J. Johnson,