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The Spirit of the Chase by Robert Bright

The Spirit of the Chase

by Robert Bright

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TREASURE HUNT: Robert Bright's "The
Spirit of the Chase" (Scribner) is a
thoroughly delightful farce wherein
an American art collector launches
i feverish quest for a lost Renaissance
nasterpiece, and winds up as the bonface
of a French provincial fancy
lOUse. Mr. Bright's little fable begins
n Paris, in the spring, in Valois's galery
which deals in some decidedly
•are old masters—Spiegenbaum, for
jxample, "a contemporary of Albrecht
Diirer." ("Where Diirer faithfully
;opied every hair on a man's head,
Spiegenbaum added hairs that had not
/et even sprouted. It suggested a projhetic
gift.") In Valois's, young David
'vlackland comes across a clue to a
ost painting by the great "Tintorino,"
vhom Mr. Bright bills as "Leonardo's
contemporary." The clue is a young
^arisienne who is in the gallery tryng
to peddle what appears to be a
ecently made copy. The author then
akes his hero on a genuinely merry
chase that leads him across country,
over hills, and under beds, and finally
into the investment mentioned above.
Mr. Bright observes Mackland's progress
with a sharp eye for humorous
incongruities and with some briskly
satiric comments on life, art, and art
dealers. —MARTIN LEVIN
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A delightful farce wherein an American art collector launches a feverish quest for a lost Renaissance masterpiece and winds up the boniface of a French provincial fancy house. The hero embarks on a merry chase across the country, over hills and under beds. A fun satire on life, art and art dealers.
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