Art: Generous Contribution

Portrait painters have never done much business with John D. Rockefeller Sr. Until last week there were only two known portraits of him that he had paid for. John Singer Sargent had done them both. Last week a third was added. The painter was one Michael Matsakas, 36, a Greek Chicagoan with curly black sideburns, who has been a busboy, wrestler and interior decorator in public; a poet, philosopher and painter in private. The price: a used pale blue necktie.

Michael Matsakas has never sold a painting, never exhibited one in a...

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