Art: Frenchman in Manhattan

Marcel Gromaire, heading up the bay on his first trip to the U.S., was bowled over last fall by the Manhattan skyline. He knew, from pictures, what it must look like, but the pictures had not prepared him for the real thing. "Sticking out of the morning mist, it was one of the most lyrical sights I've ever seen...Everything I recognized as familiar had assumed huge, fantastic proportions." He stayed in the U.S. a month, then hurried home to Paris, while his eye was still fresh, to paint his recollections in a series of 20 oils and watercolors.

Gromaire's impressionistic Manhattan, on...

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