Art: My Dear Children

Every day for six months, visitors to the Corcoran Gallery in Washington had asked to see "the Joan of Arc pictures", and had been disappointed. The room in which Maurice Boutet de Monvel's six great paintings hung was closed for repairs. By the time it reopened this week, gallery officials were convinced that the paintings, donated by the late Senator William A. Clark of Montana, were among the most popular in its collection.

The man who made them was a prosperous and beloved illustrator of French children's books (Filles et Garçons; Nos Enfants'), but...

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