Painting: Bright Orpheus

In his long lifetime, Frank Kupka moved from painting Pre-Raphaelite madonnas, dress designing, and drawing anarchistic caricatures to luminous cauldrons of color (see opposite page); at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, he won a gold medal with a straightforward painting of two horses ridden by naked girls on a beach. That, and learned foot notes in art history books, have been the sum of his recognition until now. But two new shows in Paris, one by Dealer Louis Carré, who years ago bought scads of the artist's works for peanuts, and...

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