Art: Dawn Pictures

Five months ago Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art crowned its notable 1936-3 7 season with a comprehensive exhibit of the very latest artistic wrinkle, Surrealism. With a vertiginous backward leap 200 centuries into the Fourth Ice Age, the Museum last week wound up its season by presenting an extraordinary collection of Prehistoric Rock Pictures. Director Alfred Barr Jr. saw no paradox. He recalled that many cave decorations were magic symbols to help the painter with his hunting, and thus "today walls are painted so that the artist may eat," whereas "in prehistoric times...

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