Art: Embarrassment

^ dean of Italian painters takes a dim view of modern art, even when it is" his own. Giorgio de Chirico, 63, would like to be known for the neoclassical nudes and warriors, done in lush, candy-box style, which he paints today. Instead, he is famed for the works of his youth: surrealistic cityscapes laced with long shadows. Such pictures simply embarrass De Chirico nowadays. Last week his embarrassment was acute.

A Los Angeles collector had bought a signed and certified early De Chirico in Milan, and then asked the artist to authenticate it. Cried De Chirico: Fake! The collector promptly took...

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