Art: Happy Sculptor

Sculptor Chaim Gross's father was a lumber merchant, and Chaim began his career, appropriately enough, as a sculptor of wood. Among the first sights Sculptor Gross saw in his native Carpathian Mountains were towering forests of firs and pines; among the first sounds he heard were the bite of ax in tree and the screech of sawmills slicing logs into boards. "Smelling the odor of a pine or some other tree," he says today, "I feel like pressing close to its fragrance."

In time, as he moved on from Austria to Hungary, and finally to the U.S. in 1921, Sculptor Gross came...

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