Chapter 22 Summary

Chapter 23 focuses on Henri, the painter. Henri, it is learned, is neither French nor truly a painter. But in his mind, Henri has imagined himself French for so long that he has convinced everyone, especially himself, that he truly has lived in the Left Bank in Paris. In reality, he has never even visited Paris, much less lived there. His knowledge of French art and the latest trends, like Dadaism, are learned from periodicals. Henri is quick to adopt whatever trend is fashionable in Parisian circles, whether in philosophy, politics, or art. He becomes so enamored of whatever movement is fashionable that he does not find much time at all for actual painting.

While his few odd paintings leave something to be desired,...

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