Art: Resurrection of a Sentimentalist

Edwin Landseer, seen afresh, had wallop with the pathos

Twenty-five years ago, everyone knew Sir Edwin Landseer was as dead as a shot stag—dispatched, as it were, by the bullets of postimpressionism and "significant form." Even ten years ago, the idea that a major museum might commit itself to a resurrection of his work would have seemed, if not absurd, at least improbable. Realist revivals were one thing—but Landseer? Yet here he is, in an exhibit that opened last month at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will go on to London's Tate Gallery in early 1982. And he has been restored...

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