Art: The Magic Ray

France's generation of giants is becoming ancient. Fernand Leger is 71, Picasso past 70; Raoul Dufy is 75, Rouault 81, Matisse 82. Two months ago, another of the giants, white-haired Georges Braque, quietly passed his 70th birthday and calmly went about putting the last touches on his first exhibit in two years. Last week Paris got a chance to see Braque's new show and came away declaring that time had not yet dimmed the old master's artistry.

If anything, Georges Braque seemed to grow younger with years. Ranging the gallery walls were 32 paintings as fresh and varied as those of...

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