Like good wine, an idea in the mind of an artist can lie dormant for decades before reaching full maturity. A headline lot at Adam’s this week is Jack B Yeats’s The Belle of Chinatown. It was painted in 1943, but its genesis can be found in sketches made during his 1904 trip to Manhattan. Yeats was captivated by the cosmopolitan atmosphere – Chinatown was a favourite haunt, and he revelled in the dramatically contrasting...
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