Art: 51 Portraits

Is she beautiful? Is she thin, fat, dropsical, anemic, senile, kittenish or reptilian? Last week Manhattanites asked these questions about Maria Lani, French cinemactress. For in the august Brummer Gallery was an exhibition of 51 representations of this one woman. She was "done" in marble, metal, paint, on a platter, on a piece of glass.

There were 47 works by French painters and sculptors, two by French poets, one by a dressmaker.* With the exception of Pablo Picasso, almost every famed name in modern French painting was represented. Henri Matisse saw Lani in...