Art: Peace in Palaces

Looking at the marble palaces built by U.S. financial titans, Novelist Henry James once described Newport as a "breeding ground for white elephants." Some of them now loom chipped and sagging in the long grass, but they still make an imposing trunk-to-tail parade down and around Bellevue Avenue. Their gates are generally shut to the public, but last week from paintings on exhibition in a Manhattan gallery, the curious could get an idea of what the elephants' insides looked like.

The paintings were by a stage designer named Mstislav Dobujinsky. Dobujinsky, a...

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