Shortly before Walt Kuhn died in 1949, the rawboned old man looked back on his long, lusty life as a bicycle race rider, vaudeville producer, cartoonist, art teacher and painter to make a typically enthusiastic confession: "I was past 40 before I painted a decent picture. I was the gauchest thing you ever saw. But I've had fun. God, I've had more fun! I've probably painted three or four masterpieces ..." One of Greenwich Village-born Painter Kuhn's best pictures, Trio, is the public favorite at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

The stark, monumental one-two-three composition is complemented by the red-white-red of...

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