Oct 14, 2001

Art and war con't.

Although the artistic fruits of the recent national crisis and the current war have only begun to appear, the fine arts have not been particularly responsive to the major crises of American history. The greatest painting of World War II, Picasso's "Guernica," was conceived in a white heat of sorrow and anger after the Fascist slaughter of innocents in a Spanish market town in 1937. Although the canvas spent the war years as a guest of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it is not an American painting by a notable American artist. Europe had Picasso. We had Joe Rosenthal and Norman Rockwell.

Like me, she painted.

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