Art: Black Period

In Kreuzlingen Switzerland, peasants have grown accustomed to a tall hollow-eyed man who takes long walks in the country with a watchful companion, never smiles, never speaks. A quietly dressed Hungarian woman arrived in New York last week with a trunk full of paintings and sketches to remind the world that the silent man in Switzerland was once regarded by many as the greatest dancer in the world. His name is Vaslav Nijinsky.

Nineteen years ago Dancer Nijinsky, a sloe-eyed young man with supple joints and tremendous thighs, headed the Serge Diaghilev Russian Ballet...

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