Hollywood Tough Guy Edward G. Robinson is a dedicated amateur in the world of art, and filmdom's most ardent art collector. The passion for paintings, he says, is "a rewarding love affair, even if it takes over your house, your family, your income and your life." This week 40 of Robinson's prize oils take over part of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, and in May the collection will move on to the National Gallery in Washington.

Nearly all of Robinson's choices are products of the Paris-bred revolution which began with Delacroix and survives today in Matisse. It overthrew the power of tobacco-juice...

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