Art: Over the Wall

"We are now taking three steps back to jump over the wall that leads to the unknown," said Painter André Marchand. An exhibition of four dozen new Marchand canvases in a Paris gallery last week underlined his words. Critics praised the pictures to the skies ("one of the most interesting painters of our generation"). At 42, Marchand was still much in debt to Picasso and Matisse, but there was something new and strange about his work too.

The strangest thing was Marchand's color. The paintings in his previous exhibition (TIME, May 26, 1947) had reflected the cool hues of the Burgundy forest....

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