EACH year the U.S. grows a bit richer in the rest of the world's art. Some of its finest fruits (opposite and overleaf) have fallen recently to museums in Boston, Detroit and San Francisco.

Boston's Jan Steen is an important painting by an artist as yet poorly represented in America. The Dutch rank Steen (1626-1679) with the greatest—partly for his immense illustrative skill but even more for the gusto with which he embraced life in his pictures. His Feast may actually represent his own family, and he may be the laughing man facing the observer. The baby of the crowd wears a...

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