Art: Noirs

While art shows to East and West of it volleyed and thundered in and around both World's Fairs, Chicago's Art Institute last week rummaged around and quietly put on nine first-rate shows of its own. The best show: 46 of its 329 lithographs by the late great French Artist Odilon Redon. The Art Institute's collection of Redon prints, purchased from the artist's widow when Redon prices were low, is the world's best: it includes all of the first impressions.

Long considered an isolated figure in art, an independent who withdrew from the life and...

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