Art: Neo-Realism in Paris

When President Vincent Auriol set out last week to open Paris' big annual art show, the Salon d'Automne, he had no reason to look for any excitement. Even the salon officials admitted that the show, once a thunderous battleground for France's great art innovators, was pretty tepid stuff. Said the show's catalogue: "It is probably true that the young men of today no longer have a taste for those violent battles."

Outside the exhibition in the Grand Palais, however, the President was met by an indignant cabinet member, Andre Marie, Minister of National Education....

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