The temptation of St. Anthony. An exhibition of eleven paintings by noted American and European artists submitted in competition for the selection of the one to be featured in the Loew-Lewin motion picture based on Guy de Maupassant’s novel, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. The exhibition will be circulated… until the end of 1947; Bel Ami International Art Competition

The American Federation of Arts, Barr Building, Washington, D. C., 1947. 22 plates & illustrations. 32 pages. White paper covers with color illustration. 27.3 x 19.8 cm. The jurors were Marcel Duchamp (“Jurors are always apt to be wrong”); Alfred J. Barr, Jr, director of the Museum of Modern Art; and Sidney Janis, the noted art dealer. The artists were Max Ernst (winner of the $3,000 prize), Ivan Le Lorraine Albright (whose “Portrait of Dorian Gray” figured horrifically in the movie of the same name after Oscar Wilde’s book), Eugene Berman, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Louis Guglielmi, Horace Pippin, Stanley Spencer, Dorothea Tanning, and Abraham Rattner. The film is in black and white, except for a shot of the Max Ernst painting in color. It was directed by Albert Lewin (also responsible for Portrait of Dorian Gray). It starred George Sanders as a sexually predatory social climber, with Marie Wilson, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak, and many others. This was the heyday of commercial infatuation with late Surrealism. The jurors were not wrong. Near fine; top corner bumped.
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