Art: Oldtimer in Berlin

Young Max Pechstein was one of the leaders in Germany's expressionist movement before World War I. His canvases, which sometimes reminded critics of a lesser Gauguin, were daring in their day, made Pechstein a reputation. But when Hitler came in, Pechstein's "decadent" work went out. He painted on the sly in Berlin, finally went off to live on the Baltic coast.

Last week, at 70, Max Pechstein was back in the limelight. West Berlin's Academy of Arts had invited the city's artists to a birthday reception at which the old man was presented with a box of paints ("So he can paint...

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