Art: Russia Reconsidered

The systematic destruction of Stalin's "cult of personality" by Russia's new masters (see FOREIGN NEWS) is beginning to shake Soviet painters as well as the commissars. Instead of the models of heroic realism, which Russian painters have been forced for decades to turn out with machinelike standardization, Soviet painters have started shyly showing each other paintings they have kept carefully hidden away. Reported one recent visitor to Moscow: "Remarkably like Cézanne."

The first signs of a thaw in Russia's artistic climate even brought one timid debut out into the open. An unpublicized show by...

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