Art: Barn Painter

The farther down Maine you go, the more rarely you see nudes in barns. But last fortnight Waldo Peirce of Bangor and Castine, Me. hung his nude Siesta in the Barn (see cut) in Manhattan's Midtown Galleries as the headpiece of a show of 16 oils. Along with several other warm, exhilarating paintings, it suggested that 59-year-old Waldo Peirce is one of the few good painters of simple happiness since Renoir.

No specialist in nudes, Artist Peirce has a finely sensuous feeling for barns. In the last decade, he has painted a dozen unexcelled...

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