Art: Out of the Desert

Bible illustrations were the talk of Paris last week. The 270 pen & brush drawings on display in the Galerie Beaux-Arts ranged from Genesis to Revelation. More skilled than inspired, they were the work of Edy Legrand, one of France's slickest book illustrators. Obviously determined to achieve an atmosphere of truth to nature and history, Artist Legrand had turned his back on the usual modern mishmash of beards, flowing sheets and halos, had drawn lean, Semitic men & women and placed them in landscapes as stark as the hills of Judea.

Legrand had never been there* but for 15 years he...