Painting: Triumph of the Clumsiest

PAINTING Triump of the Clumsiest In the act of painting, Chaim Soutine was something to behold. For months, he would ponder the idea for a painting, then in a wild outburst fling the paint onto the canvas with such vehemence that on one occasion he dis located his thumb. A model who posed for him never forgot the experience:

"He turned as red as a crayfish, opening his eyes wide, and his beautiful fingers rubbed his throat and face. The emotion seemed to stimulate a sense of the colors in him, and he muttered...