Art: Hot & Heavy

For the past half-century, School-of-Paris art has been an international product. Among those who contributed most to it were six expatriate Jews: Amedeo Modigliani, Jules Pascin, Ossip Zadkine, Jacques Lipchitz, Marc Chagall and Chaim Soutine. Philadelphia Art Collector Albert C. Barnes once bought 50-odd Soutines at a swoop, called him "a far more important artist than Van Gogh."

Last week Manhattan's modish Museum of Modern Art got around to staging the biggest retrospective show of Soutine's work ever held. At first sight, viewers were apt to be disappointed, for at first his canvases...

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