Art: Brazil's Lula

The opening of Lula Cardoso Ayres' one-man show went off like a high-society ball, with all of Rio's granfinos present and newsreel cameras clicking. More important, handsome Lula Ayres was clearly the best Brazilian painter to come along since Candido Portinari. He had the sophistication of Rio's salons and the simplicity of the backwoods.

Rich, young (36) Lula Ayres had come by his knowledge of back-country work, play and superstition the hard way. At home in Recife, capital of Pernambuco, he had grown up like most of the pampered sons of rich sugar growers. He threw around his...

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