Art: Sargents Flayed

The Late John Singer Sargent's talents are often flayed by modern estbetes who believe much of his painting is mere pomp and polish. Last week the undergraduate editors of the Harvard Crimson assailed Artist Sargent from another angle. Discussing his martial murals (one of which shows a U. S. soldier standing on a prostrate German) in the Widener Library they said: "Critics have shown them to be indefensible on grounds esthetic: War posters raised to the rank of mural decoration. But it is not their ugliness which would trouble the sensitive visitor. . . . [They] are out of place as...

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