Art: Work in Paris

Every year hundreds of wide-eyed young painters go flocking to Paris. Each has been a standout in his home town or in art school; each hopes to conquer the art capital of the world. One in a thousand makes a dent.

Esther Gorbato, 24, is one of the lucky few, but her luck has not changed her life in the least. A student at Buenos Aires' National Academy of Fine Arts, she had "read all the art books that came from Paris," and she was resolved to get to the source. At 19 she made it, moved into a Left Bank room,...

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