Art: Hard Lines

"Drawing," French Painter Jean Ingres once remarked, "is the probity of art." To many laymen, modern art as a whole lacks probity. But that does not mean the moderns can't draw. The best of them, like the best artists of any century, draw almost as they please. The trouble is that few moderns care to please the puzzled layman. That point was driven home last week with an exhibition of drawings by 86 top-drawer moderns in the north Italian city of Bergamo.

The U.S. entries were among the hardest to decipher. John Marin's seascape sketches and Karl Knaths's penciled still lifes seemed...

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