Art: Love's Labor Lost

What were the two intertwined figures doing on the park grass in the heart of Amsterdam? Burgomaster Arnold D'Ailly bustled up for a close look last week, and turned a fiery red. Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz had called his big, blocky, semi-abstract bronze The Couple, and it was all too clearly a labor of love. The burgomaster ordered the sculpture removed that very night to the museum cellar from which it was borrowed.

The Couple had been the central attraction of a park show of modern statues. Discovering that it was gone, six Amsterdam sculptors, whose works were also included in the show,...

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