Frank R. Getlein Dies; Evening Star Art Critic May 7, 2000

Frank R. Getlein, 79, a noted art critic with the old Washington Evening Star newspaper and the author of more than 30 books on topics ranging from contemporary culture to the painter Mary Cassatt, died of cancer May 7 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Getlein worked at the Star from 1961 to 1976. Although he was primarily an art critic, he also wrote about film, the theater, books, politics and life in America in general. From 1959 to 1968, he was the art critic for The New Republic magazine, and over the years he wrote for numerous other magazines.

He had a reputation for commentary that was both caustic and good- humored. A case in point was his 1971 book "Playing Soldier," …

Attribution: Washington Post

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