Art: The Explanation

Most abstract painters loftily leave it to the critics to figure out what their squiggles, squares and blobs are all about. But not Mrs. Brenda Jeanes, the London housewife whose 24 in.-by-20 in. abstract won first prize last week at the Royal Society of Arts in the nonobjective category of a competition sponsored by the popular Sunday newspaper The People. Explained Mrs. Jeanes, mother of a 15-year-old daughter: "The abstract was my endeavor to depict life from the fetus to infinity, and the struggle for the first breath of life. The section of rectangles indicates the cut-and-dried life one might hope...

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