Art: Seagoing Southpaw

To a few painters, fame comes easily and early, with the rolling drums of ballyhoo. This week Manhattan is having a look at a one-man show by Julian Levi, who has built himself a reputation the slow, hard, un-pressagented way. A slight, soft-spoken man with a fierce walrus moustache, Southpaw Painter Levi weathered the depression as a WPArtist, has since sold his work to 15 ranking U.S. museums. His quiet, low-keyed canvases now bring from $350 to $1,500.

In 1920, with a scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy and some financial help from his parents, he set out for a look at...

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