Art: Paris in the Spring

May was chasing April out of Paris' sidewalk cafés last week. And to certify, for the 15 8th year, that spring had really arrived, the Salon opened in Paris' Palais de New York (the erstwhile Palais de Tokyo). It was the usual grab-bag of more and less competent academicians which gallery-goers had learned to expect.

If the Paris Salon was old stuff, the Left Bank Galerie de Bac was fresh as a daisy. Its show sent critics scrambling for superlatives. The object of their admiration was 40-year-old Gertrude O'Brady from Evanston, Ill. She was...

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