Art: Battles and Startled Geese

The Chinese term for portrait painting means, literally, "to draw truth." Last week, Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art showed some small examples of this interpretation: a show of 46 "War Pictures by Chinese Children."

The pictures were collected from the desks of child students in Chengtu, the cultural capital of western China, 150 miles northwest of Chungking. Children between the ages of seven and 13, under their teachers' guidance, expressed their reactions to war, caricatured their Japanese enemies, drew political cartoons. One drawing, by 13-year-old Peng Teh-chuan, made use of the Chinese proverbial...

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