Art: Realism in the Raw

Under the doctrinaire rules of Soviet social realism, a painter with a hankering for nudes had to hie himself to the nearest gym, coyly disguise his subject as a bather or a physical-culture enthusiast. Last week a young Soviet art student named Ilya Glazunov finally dared break the rule, showed a nude girl (modeled by his wife) lolling in bed while her lover gazes out of the window over the city of Leningrad. The result sent the whole Soviet art world into a tizzy and crowds swarming to the Moscow gallery to see his...

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