Art: Romantic Centenary

A century ago last month Victor Hugo's Hernani was presented in the Theatre Français. Violent young men with red velvet waistcoats shouted themselves hoarse in the galleries, banged the heads of equally violent young classicists in the pit. With their passion for exactness, French professors have chosen that date as the beginning of the movement in literature and art known as Romanticism, the age of Sentiment. The Parisian art world has made much of the Centenary of Romanticism this winter. But until last week New York's only notice of the occasion was...