Art: Not An Optimist

Professional artists, who sometimes envy the lucky strokes of a gifted amateur, might have found something to envy in Maude Phelps Hutchins' latest exhibition at the Albert Roullier Art Galleries in Chicago. Amid the sherry drinking and socialite fun of the opening, attended by Husband Robert Maynard Hutchins and other prominent models for the works on display, there was one cynosure—a bronze piece called Young Mother. This was a life-sized nude that Mrs. Howard Willett, ex-wife of a Chicago trucking millionaire, commissioned the artist to do of her daughter and grandchild. Designed...