|It was Friday
and the assistants told me to come back on Monday. I left
my paintings in the studio and went out to discover the city.
On Saturday, I did a couple of portraits for tourists on the
Kartner Strasse in order to be able to eat a warm meal and
sleep indoors. On
Monday, I was surprised at the number of people who awaited
me at professor Hausner's studio. The
professor was there surrounded by his students and accompanied
by a Turkish interpreter. He
praised my work and asked me what I expected of him. I
told him that I wished to work and exhibit in Vienna.
He told me that it was possible, but that the project would
have to be realized step by step. First, I had to become
a student of the Academy. In that way my residents permit
could be put in order and all the other administrative fundamentals
could be taken care of. At my level, he explained, I hadn't
much to learn in a studio at the academy, but I would be able
to paint as much of whatever I liked in the facility as if
it were my own studio. When I told
him of my family and our money problems, he said that he would
help and that I must above all keep in mind the entrance exam
that would take place in the month of June.