Art: New Spaniard

Manhattan's 57th St. last week turned up an almost unheard-of Spanish painter, Arturo Souto, a solemn, round-bellied Galician. Unlike most celebrated modern Spanish artists (Picasso, Miro, Dali, Gris, et al.) Painter Souto has done most of his painting away from Paris. His heavily stippled, somber-colored paintings of street scenes and peasant figures look conservative alongside the geometric and psychopathic fantasies of his more famed countrymen. But his 'work is agreeably realistic and dourly, muddily individual.

Souto was born in 1902 in the northwest Spanish town of Pontevedra (pop. 28,755). His father, a painter of Corot-like landscapes, was also a magistrate and enough...

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