Art: Something for Nothing

One good reason why artists are notoriously impecunious is that pictures are notoriously hard to sell. Last week a venerable, famed (and comfortably off) British artist announced that he had found a way out: he gives his pictures away. As a solver of financial problems, Sir Frank Brangwyn seemed to fellow artists reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's White Knight, who thought up a scheme "to keep the Menai Bridge from rust by boiling it in wine."

Seventy-six-year-old Artist Brangwyn has already, said he, disposed of some $500,000 worth of his art. Most Brangwyn gifts have...

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