Art: Prisoners & Physicians

At 6.30 a.m. the prison day begins. Bells sound. . . . —Warden Lewis E. Lawes of Sing Sing.

In a large room in Manhattan's Grand Central Art Galleries were hung last week more than 100 lurid canvases. Critic Edward Alden Jewell of the New York Times had suggested the exhibition, Mrs. John Sloan, the artist's wife, had arranged it and Mrs. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt had consented to be a patroness. Every one of its pictures was painted in prison.

As if to escape the grey monotony of their confinement for crime, the artists, almost to a man, painted outdoor scenes,...

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