Milestones: Feb. 20, 1984

DIED. Jimmy Ernst, 63, noted painter of spiky, delicate abstractions and son of Surrealist Max Ernst; of a heart attack; in New York City. Born in Cologne, Germany, when his father was gaining fame as a founder of the Dada movement, Ernst grew up among artists and, at the outbreak of World War II, settled in the U.S. His technique linked color blocks with lines or grids but did not exclude specific subject matter. His final paintings, currently on view in New York City, ranged in inspiration from his mother's cell at Auschwitz, where she died, to his research forays among...

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