Art: Muriel's $12 Million Sublimation

For the Met, a spectacular collection from a Chicago matron

She liked to paint and so she painted.

Her family sent her to the city's conventional bastions of higher learning (the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago) and Muriel Kallis painted on, even after her marriage to Jay Steinberg, a successful local businessman.

Lured by the glamour of New York City, the couple spent much time there in the years from 1950 to 1954. His interest was music, and he frequented the concert halls. Her interest was art, and she spent her evenings...

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