Art: Old Master & Mistress

Unlike poor Vincent van Gogh, who left his unsold paintings to his family only to have more than 500 of them disappear through carelessness and neglect, Abstractionist Wassily Kandinsky was a lucky man. He left a huge legacy of his work to his former mistress, and they survived world wars, revolutions, putsches, even the fury of a woman scorned. The woman scorned was Gabriele Munter, Kandinsky's mistress for more than 13 years, who never once looked at the pictures the old master left with her in 1914. Last month, on her 80th birthday, frail,...

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