Art: Diagrammatics

Two hundred and fifty favored subscribers received a bewildering book last week. Most of them strove earnestly to interpret it because of the prominence of its illustrator, pretty, dark-haired Maude Phelps Hutchins, wife of young President Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago. Its title was Diagrammatics.

Chicago intelligentsia have long been aware of Mrs. Hutchins' psychological drawings, compositions of nude female figures drawn "with a blank mind," with no conscious effort, which she calls "dialectic" drawings.* At various parties last winter she showed them to friends, with a magic lantern and a...

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