Art: Grand Dame

Chicago's Findlay Galleries played host last week to the warm, simple and true pictures of the world's most distinguished woman painter, Dame Laura Knight. To a few, the pictures' heartfelt realism had that musty look of the faraway and long ago; visitors were hard put to assess them by contemporary—and so often geometric —standards. One critic noted that Dame Laura painted like a man. Said she in London when she heard of it, "What man?" Another called her a "popular painter," which roused her British ire the more: "Don't call me popular. I paint what I see, and I don't gild...

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