Art: Touring Africans

This week visitors to Washington's National Gallery were seeing South Africa as it looked to 53 of the Dominion's own painters and sculptors. For historical background there were a score of 18th and 19th Century canvases which showed glimpses of South Africa's colonial past. But most of the work was by contemporaries and reflected present-day Africa—its raw, green hills, adobe towns and sprouting cities.

Although the African artists stuck close to home for their subject matter, they had traveled far afield for their techniques. Like many a contemporary European and American painter, most of them had obviously been influenced by the Impressionists,...

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