Art: Radical Grandfathers

Paris, traditionally the place where the talented young wild men go, is actually an old man's paradise. Last week art lovers crowded the swank Galerie Charpentier in Faubourg Saint-Honore, to see 100 topflight examples of the contemporary "Paris School." Of the 52 painters in the show, about a dozen were dead. The average age of the living: 65.

The show displayed the rich harvest of an era whose beginnings had not yet been recognized or accepted by a good many Americans. Among the radical grandfathers of modern art:

¶ Matisse (76), whose freewheeling, almost religiously joyful art is broader and bolder...

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