In 1942, the Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux painted a seaside fantasy scene called The Village of the Mermaids. The foreground shows several women sitting soberly along a small village street; in the distance, along the beach, there's a surprise. Judith Kampfner went into the vaults of the Art Institute of Chicago to see Delvaux's painting and discuss its origin with curator Stephanie D'Alessandro.
(Originally aired: July 05, 2003)
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