Art: Man of the Valley

A Mexican artist who died 33 years ago is now being referred to by critics as "one of the great landscape painters of modern times." The evidence for this judgment was on view last week at the Brooklyn Museum, which was showing no paintings and drawings by José María Velasco (1840-1912).

Velasco had been virtually forgotten, even in Mexico, until three years ago. Then President Avila Camacho suddenly declared the painter's work a "national monument." His rediscovery was doubtless hastened by the Western Hemisphere's new cultural self-consciousness and loss of contact with wartime Europe.

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