Art: The Sunny Side

Some of his more sobersided fellow artists deplore Marcel Vertès. They sneer at his "commercialism" (he does covers for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, along with book illustrations, perfume ads, ballet sets, china, furniture, silk print and needlepoint designs), but can't help envying his commercial success. They scoff at his preference for pretty and elegant subjects, but have to admit, gritting their teeth, that Vertes (rhymes with bear says) draws and paints very prettily and elegantly indeed. They call him superficial, forget that such masters as Fragonard were too.

Moreover, Vertès bubbles with ideas that other artists wish they had thought of first....

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