Art: People Watcher

"Being present at your own exhibit," Ludwig Bemelmans protested, "is like being called out of ranks during an Army physical inspection. It's embarrassing." Despite such protestations, Author-Artist Bemelmans had the time of his life in Houston last week. The Art League put on a special showing of 31 of his paintings, and hundreds of proper Houstonians turned out to see them.

As the visitors swarmed through the gallery, Bemelmans swarmed too. He chattered merrily, all but poured the punch. "Painting is fun," he told everyone. "But of course the most fun is selling the pictures." Houstonians took the hint. By the time...

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