Art: War & Art

In London's tiny Mayor Gallery, fortnight ago, there opened an exhibition of paintings by a shaggy-haired, beer-loving Englishman who immediately, without fuss or feathers, assumed significance in modern art. He was 37-year-old William Hayter, a onetime teacher of engraving in Paris. His distinction: that of being the first Surrealist painter of the Paris school to visit the fighting zone in Spain. Much has been written by Andre Breton and other Surrealists on their profound affinity with the antiFascists. So far as is known, William Hayter beat them all to Madrid.

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