Art: 150 Russian Years

Great writers and musicians have abounded in Russia but there never was a first-rate Russian painter or sculptor. Out of the second-rate last week Manhattan's Hammer Galleries assembled a collection of 86 canvases entitled "One Hundred and Fifty Years of Russian Painting."

The Hammer Galleries boasts as its emblem the double-eagle of Imperial Russia and deals exclusively with the leftovers of the Tsarist aristocracy. It was founded by a young U. S. doctor named Armand Hammer who was so sympathetic with the Soviet experiment that he spent nine years in the U....

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