Art: Rational Grotesqueries

When O. Louis Guglielmi was young his violinist father broke a fiddle over his head because he would not practice. After this violent baptism, he was separated from music and sent to study for four years at the National Academy of Design. At the end of that time he was 18 and an accomplished draftsman, but he quit Art cold. Says he, "I just couldn't understand what painting was for."

Paintings would be better if more young painters knew their minds so well, but in 1932, after nearly eight hard years of dishwashing and...

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