Art: Dali's Ladies

When Surrealist Salvador Dali (TIME, Dec. 28) has painted portraits in the past, the results have rarely been recognizable as human beings. But last week his first portrait show at Manhattan's Knoedler galleries proved that Dali, when confronted by society ladies, can make faces look as vapidly human as any other slick artist can. Garnished with the carefully strange surrealist fantasy which Salvador Dali affects, some of his canvases could pass for society magazine covers.

Painter Dali is sagely serious about his work. Says he, in some of his more glutinous prose: "....

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