Art: Good-Natured Frenchman

Paris' Museum of Modern Art was as full of cheerful curves as a tank of porpoises. Reason: a big show of the ballooning sculptures of 66-year-old French Sculptor Henri Laurens. Laurens, a sculptor in a generation noted mainly for its painters, is little known outside his own set, which includes School-of-Paris Veterans Picasso, Braque and Leger. But his big bulging nudes last week earned him plaudits from critics as the greatest of living French sculptors.

Laurens had waited a long time for such cheers. The son of a Parisian day laborer, he apprenticed himself...

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