Art: Boats & Bombs

Modern art, like any other, reflects the preoccupations of its day. For example: bombing. Picasso's big, brutal painting, Guernica, successfully symbolized destruction from the air, and last week a first-rank sculptor was meeting the same challenge in bronze. Ossip Zadkine, 60, had been commissioned to commemorate the 1940 Nazi bombing of Rotterdam. He did it in terms of a single, fearful, upward-reaching figure.

Zadkine's father was a riverboat builder in the Russian city of Smolensk, and the sculptor's ambition has always been to make his works "as beautiful and perfect as a well-built...

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