Religion: New Talent

The hottest American painter in Paris these days is a 32-year-old Californian named Sam Francis, a husky ex-GI., who in the past five years has caused even palette-jaded Parisians to perk up. He has won raves for shows on both banks of the Seine, and Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, currently showing a Sam Francis painting among its new acquisitions, calls him "perhaps the best-known young American painter now working in Europe." Last week Sam Francis racked up another triumph. Museum Director Arnold Rudlinger of Basel's Kunsthalle, acting for a group of Swiss art collectors, plunked down 1,000,000 French francs...

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