Art: Payoff

"Gambling," says Painter Graham Sutherland, "is awfully like painting. However much you know about painting there's always the gamble as to whether that actual physical touch will do what you want it to." At 45, Sutherland is one of Britain's best landscape painters; until lately he had never tackled realistic portraiture. When his first try, a full-length oil of Author Somerset Maugham, was finished last week, artist and sitter agreed that the gamble had paid off.

Like Sutherland's landscapes, the portrait had the hot, bright colors of the Riviera, where he lives much of...

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