Art: Bourgeois Heartbreak

Paris Poet Blaise Cendrars used to baffle the bourgeois, and build up his painter friends, by writing such wild lines as these (about Marc Chagall):

He grabs a cow and paints with the cow

With a sardine

With heads, hands, knives . . .

Lately, Cendrars has chilled to his old chums, and steered clear of art galleries. In a recent issue of Les Arts magazine he explains why: "Nowadays all painters, even those who call themselves Communists, paint only for millionaires ... I am heartbroken to have battled to install these bourgeois . . . Last time I saw Picasso, he looked seedy. 'What's...

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