Arts: Forain Vexed

"Still Life"—a bottle of wine, a bit of cheese, a dish of fruit—was damaged. Jean Louis Forain, of Paris, had painted it 50 years ago, lived with it, domesticated it. Sardonic, he had refused all prices for it. But gentle Homer Saint-Gaudens of Pittsburgh had won permission to exhibit the picture. Old Forain let it travel to the Carnegie International Exhibition, Manhattan.

On the eve of the show last week a hanger-man plumped the picture in front of Mr. Saint-Gaudens, pointed. Between the...

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