Art: The Fox of Paris

Paris Painter Georges Mathieu appears to be crazy like a fox—one with a particularly long and wavy brush. A slim, trim dandy of 34, he has made a good living as a pressagent. And by adroitly publicizing himself, Mathieu has recently become the reigning darling of advance-guard art, has no trouble selling (at prices ranging from $600 to $3,400) pictures that take only from a few minutes to a few hours to paint. Last week a new exhibition of Mathieu's paintings was on view at Manhattan's Kootz Gallery, and proved him to be one of the most forceful practitioners of the...

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