Art: West Coast Pioneer

Stanton Macdonald-Wright, a hale and hearty 65, is not only the dean of California painters, but one of the few U.S. painters likely to get at least footnote mention in the history of modern European painting. He is also a man given to confounding the experts. The art critics pronounced him through at 30; his doctors, unable to diagnose a mysterious illness, gave up his case as hopeless at 47. Both critics and doctors were wrong. A major retrospective show of 83 of his oils, at Los Angeles County Museum last week, clearly showed...

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