Art: Worse Than Nude

The Chicago art dealer who first showed Frenchman Paul Chabas' September Morn (in 1913) was arrested. According to Police Sergeant Jeremiah O'Connor, the chilly nude in wading was "indacent and ought to be in the Art Institute." Instead, it wound up on calendars and candy boxes.

Last week a better, bolder painting caused a stir on Manhattan's 57th Street. Belgian Paul Delvaux' Temptation of St. Anthony—painted for a Hollywood competition (TIME, Mar. 25)—was drawing tiptoe crowds to the Knoedler Galleries.

Word had gone out that Delvaux' Temptation, featuring three pink ladies, had barely squeezed past U.S. customs officials. Moreover, the painting could not...

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