Art: U. S. Scenarist

Many a painter of the U. S. scene smothers the characteristic flavor of U. S. types, objects and situations in a technical gravy that has little to do with the U. S. Painters like Grant Wood use a clear sauce distilled from 14th-Century Italian primitives. Painters like Thomas Benton use their own highly flavored, homemade ketchup. One painter who presents the U. S. scene without trimmings is Minnesota-born Arnold Blanch, 26 of whose bleak, overcast landscapes and figure-paintings drew Manhattan's gallerygoers last week to the Associated American Artists' Galleries.

For the exhibition, his...

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