Art: From a Memory of Songs

Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, who was born 100 years ago in the French town of Montauban, said all his life that his talent came from four sources, all in the family. His father, a furniture maker, gave him his sense of architecture. His uncle, a stonecutter, taught him the secrets of stone. His maternal grandfather, a weaver, gave him his sense of color, and his other grandfather, a shepherd, taught him his love of nature.

How this heritage worked out is something art lovers all over the U.S. are now seeing for themselves. A small retrospective opened at Manhattan's Slatkin Galleries last November, after...

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