Art: Favorite Son

Brazil takes for granted the eminence of such of its artists as Painter Candido Portinari and Architect Oscar Niemeyer, but reserves its affection and worried concern for someone else. At 64, Alberto da Veiga Guignard is Brazil's most cherished artist. Poets write about him, collectors pay more for his canvases than for those of any other Brazilian, and Painter Portinari himself has called him "my master." Guignard must be watched every minute of the day: he is the kind of man who has happily traded a $2,500 painting for one bottle of cheap cane alcohol.

Guignard's newest work, on display in Rio...

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