Art: Stabbed at Prayers

Anyone who knifes a work of art is judged insane, yet every art critic has a list of art works he would like to knife. On nearly every such list is Jean Francois Millet's The Angelus, a calm brown picture of a peasant and his wife standing at prayer in the middle of a field. An ably painted picture, it is deplored because of its ubiquity on art calendars, school rostrums, candy boxes.

When Engineer Pierre Guillard last week whipped out a jackknife in the Louvre and slashed The Angelus five times, stabbed it...

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