Art: Playing a Tune

Ivon Kitchens is a mild, silver-haired sparrow of a man with an enviable reputation: Britons (who pride themselves in such matters) consider him one of their best living landscape painters. Last week Kitchens was bidding for a reputation in an altogether different field: his new exhibition at London's Leicester Galleries consisted almost entirely of reclining nudes. Moreover, the limp, heavy figures, painted in broad strokes of summery colors, were an instant hit. Kitchens' switch to nudes, said the London Sunday Times, "has wrought a double change in his pictures, making them both richer in color and broader in construction."

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