ONE of the largest paintings of modern times was the gigantic mural done by the late Raoul Dufy for the pavilion of electricity at the 1937 International Exposition in Paris. The finished work, depicting the history and importance of electricity from the earliest philosophers to the 20th century, was 197 feet wide and 33 feet high. Dufy christened it La Fée Electricité (The Fairy Electricity).

After the exposition closed, Dufy's mural, too big for 3 exhibition, was stored away from public view in 250 sections. The artist, who considered La Fée Electricité one of his masterpieces, worried over its neglect, and sought...

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