Art: A Vision of Life

One of Mexico's greatest modern painters, old (70) Francisco Goitia, sat beside deathbeds to catch the last gasp of unwilling models. Diego Rivera sketched during all-night vigils in the Tarascan graves near Tzintzuntzan. And David Siqueiros was perhaps at his best when quartering and Duco-painting a heroic Cuauhtemoc in his death throes. Last week the U.S. got a good look at the work of a new Mexican artist, Jose Luis Cuevas, who sometimes plays truant from the embalmer's school of Mexican art.

Young (21) Painter Cuevas strayed only as far as the insane asylum,...

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