Art: Merry Christmas

"The long established world leader, French art, is now meeting face to face with its postwar challenger, the art of America." So said the catalogue foreword to an exhibition of 50 French and 50 American paintings that opened in a Manhattan gallery last week. Culled from some 10,000 entries, the pictures on display were all related in one way or another to Christmas; they had been painted for a $28,000 contest sponsored by the U.S. manufacturer of "Hallmark" cards (TIME, July 4), and many of them would show up on Christmas-card counters eventually.'

They made a surprisingly fine exhibition, and one that...

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