Art: Master of Swish

With her tongue ever so slightly in her cheek, Mrs. Chester Dale, collector and authority on French painting, helped organize four months ago an exhibition of the paintings of the late Alphonse Bouguereau, barroom decorator par excellence of the Gay Nineties. For all their technical slickness, the correct perspective for looking at a Bouguereau nude was always obtained through the bottom of a 16 oz. beer glass. Critics in the chill light of a formal art gallery were not impressed with the "Back to Bouguereau" movement. Last week with a better artist...

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