Art: War & Realism

The story of Art for War's sake—represented since Pearl Harbor by Thomas Hart Benton's angry anti-Nazi allegories (TIME, April 6), by Government poster campaigns, by art classes in the Army—is not complete without the case of big, 50-year-old John Carroll.

Painter Carroll is, as it happens, mainly known as a painter of women—tilt-nosed madonnas who suggest fragile wisps of a moonlight reverie. Painted in foamy tones, with appealing childlike faces and flickering bodies trailing lingerie like the draperies of an El Greco saint, Carroll's women sell like hotcakes at $1,000 up. (An Italian laborer once slashed one from its frame and took...