Painting: Changing Scenes of Childhood

The holiday season is always a time when millions of Americans become doubly aware of the children in their midst. Stores, parks and theaters stage special displays and performances; so do museums and art galleries. In another sense, American children have been present in the realm of art all through 1968. The year has seen the emergence of an unusually large number of youngsters' portraits (see color pages). When taken together, these kaleidoscopic scenes of childhood tell an engrossing tale of the changing place of children in American life.

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