Art: Canvas Fairy Tales

Carl-Henning Pedersen is the best painter in Denmark—and for art dealers the most frustrating. He has about 1,000 canvases stashed away in the storerooms of a Copenhagen brewery, and he turns as frosty as a glass of Carlsberg when anyone suggests that he might sell one. He recently refused a substantial check for 15 paintings because he said it would raise his standard of living, so he simply gave the paintings away. He is indifferent to what the critics say, and dealers, who try to see him at his lonely house on the west...

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