In 2002 the South African Sunday Times reported that the South African National Gallery in Cape Town had never acquired a painting by Tretchikoff, despite the fact that many consider him South Africa's leading realist painter. The newspaper quoted the gallery's direct director, Marilyn Martin, as saying she had no plans to use the gallery's limited funds to acquire a Tretchikoff "because 'he is not really regarded as a South African artist'" [and] the revival of interest in his works would not be sustained". If living in a country for 60 years doesn't make you part of a nation, what does?
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