Art: Carpets to Joy

On Black Thursday, 1929, the day the stock market collapsed, Wall Street was a scene of chaos, and many a suddenly paupered stockholder felt that the end of the world had come. One among them had a different thought; he dashed off to a friend's studio to make a lithograph of the disastrous scene: the great, gloomy canyon, the dashing crowds and distraught faces. That lithograph is now in the Philadelphia Museum, and other pictures by James N. Rosenberg hang in no fewer than 20 U.S. museums. Yet Rosenberg has always remained an amateur in spirit. He paints for the sheer...

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