Art: Good & Authentic

Texans swarming into Dallas for the State Fair last week found cattle on the walls as well as in the stalls. The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts was featuring a brand-new show of eleven cattle paintings by Texas' Tom Lea, a report-in-oils skillful and observant enough to rival the works of such oldtime Southwesterners as Charles Russell and Frederic Remington.

Lea, 43, a wiry El Pasoan who once went in for portraiture and commercial art, developed his reporter's skill on a rugged assignment. As an artist-correspondent he covered World War II for LIFE, painted the North Atlantic patrol, later moved to the...

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