Art: Nonpoisonous Painter

The same day that Hitler marched into what remained of France, Manhattan art lovers marched into the Wildenstein Galleries to see the biggest exhibition of France's famed Painter Camille Corot ever held in the U.S. Arranged for the benefit of the Salvation Army War Fund under the somewhat ironic title, The Serene World of Corot, the show filled two large galleries and a smaller room, overflowed into a corridor. Included were 74 paintings, eleven drawings and etchings, nine autographies and several personal souvenirs. More than half the paintings, borrowed from private collections, had never appeared in public before.

Both Corot's main periods...

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