Art: The Pessimistic View

As Mohammedan legend has it, Jesus was walking in the bazaar with His disciples one day when they came upon the body of a dead dog. "How it stinks!" blurted one disciple. Said another: "Look at the buzzards wheeling overhead." But Jesus looked and said, "How whiter than any pearls are the teeth."

Latvian-born Painter Hyman Bloom recites this legend in self-defense when critics complain of his fondness for painting corpses. If they persist he counters: "One must take a pessimistic view of society as it stands today."

Last week, in the first big...

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