Art: Perfectionist

The world does not need to travel to see the world's art. As André Malraux put if in the first volume of his brilliant Psychology of Art, recently published in the U.S., art books with good reproductions are very like a "museum without walls"—wide open to stay-at-homes.

Albert Skira, a slight, sandy-haired Swiss, has spent half of his 45 years making such museums pay. His 46-volume Lés Trésbrs de la Peinture Française has sold a total of 1,000,000 copies in France and Switzerland alone. Last week Skira was on a flying visit to his new Manhattan office to push U.S. sales of...

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