Art: Like the Originals

Painter Georges Braque cast a narrowly appraising eye at five still-lifes on the wall of a Paris gallery last week. The colors and surface textures of all five pictures were as alike as peas in a pod; the only apparent thing that distinguished the four reproductions from Braque's original was the trademark "Aeply" in their margins. Braque passed a blunt forefinger over one of the pictures. "This is amazing," he said. "These pictures are more than mere reproductions; they are reconstitutions of the original." Added Braque: "But the artist must still produce an...

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