Art: Too Hot to Handle

An enterprising Manhattan dealer this week opened a show that was likely to shock two kinds of people: 1) Christians, 2) lovers of the beautiful. An exhibition of modern religious painting, it was un likely to win any converts to religion—or to modern art, either. Samples:

¶ Max Beckmann's grim, ghastly Descent from the Cross — an expressionistic night mare which might have been influenced by the 3rd-Century belief that Christ was the ugliest of men (because He bore the sins of the world in His body).

¶ Marsden Hartley's garish Three Friends, which showed...

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