Art: Space in Parenthesis

Compared with the sloppy and insensitive draftsmanship that plagues much of modern art fully a third of the pictures on display last week in Manhattan's Pierpont Morgan Library seemed minor masterpieces. Yet they were done mainly for pleasure, to while away an hour in the open, or as preliminary sketches for more ambitious work. Entitled "Landscape Drawings and Watercolors from Bruegel to Cezanne," the exhibition spans four little centuries of landscape art with 94 delicate little pictures.

Among the standouts were three Alpine landscapes by Bruegel, who turned inches of paper into miles...

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