Art: Driven to Abstraction

The unwary gallerygoer whose eye lights on an abstract painting immediately suspects that someone is trying to pull his leg. He is baffled or indignant when such an expert as the New York Times's Edward Alden Jewell proclaims some of it "great art." Last week in Manhattan, three famed abstractionists were on display, to give the layman that old feeling.

Of the three, the canvases of Swiss-born Paul Klee (1879-1940) were the most recognizable. Concealed in his childlike scrawling was many a suggestion of reality (shadowy trees, clouds, heads); much of his work...

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