Art: From Mountain Mists

Overshadowed by such yeasty oldsters as Picasso, Matisse and Braque, the younger generation of French artists has had a hard time getting itself noticed. But last week Paris gallerygoers got a look at the work of 45-year-old Pierre Tal-Coat (rhymes with kum-quat), who thinks he has found the way. Unlike many of his contemporaries, who were trying to attract attention by loud colors, shocking subjects and explosive forms, he had retreated from noisy, "spaceless" Paris to the cool mountain forests of Provence, and to misty abstractions of rocks, trees and streams.

The son of a Breton fisherman, Pierre Tal-Coat has been a...

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