Art: Take Zvezdin

The West last week got an exceptionally entertaining glimpse of the Soviet art world. The source: the Moscow newspaper Soviet Culture. Reporting on the Kharkov Art Factory, which produces hand-painted copies of popular Russian pictures, the paper told how Factory Director G. V. Avrutin called a meeting to raise production. Said Avrutin: "Seven hours for a canvas of 57 by 84 centimeters [22 in. by 43 in.]? There is no need to waste so much time." Avrutin turned for an example to the task of copying Morning in the Pine Forest, a 19th century...

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