Art: Painter X & Dealer Y

Diffidently, and often only when pressed to show the better pictures that he might have in the back room, would Vienna Art Dealer Willy Verkauf let customers see the works of the talented new painter in his stable. The works were mostly collages—cockeyed compositions of doors leading to nowhere, scraps of road maps, photographs of machinery, tiny human beings caught in endless labyrinths. They proved immensely popular. In the past three years, Verkauf has been responsible for selling about 100 pictures by André Verlon; he arranged one-man shows for him in Munich and Düsseldorf, found gallery outlets for him in Paris,...

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