Art: You Too Can Paint

He owned a million-dollar-a-year business, but he was 65, and knew that he was too sick to run it any longer. So Brooklynite Morris Hirshfield gave up the E. Z. Walk Mfg. Co. (boudoir slippers), as he had once given up his cloak & suit business. He was free to paint at last.

No one had ever taught him how to paint, but in the remaining nine years of his ailing life Morris Hirshfield turned out 72 painfully detailed paintings, mostly sexless nudes and gaudy peacocks and quail. Before he died last summer, he had...

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