Art: Brick-Dust Painter

Miss Willson is at least 150 years old. If she ever died, nobody knows when or where. If she ever had a first name, nobody knows what it was. About all that remains of Miss Willson is 20 primitive paintings that Manhattan gallery-goers snatched last week (at prices from $25 to $300) from the walls of the Harry Stone Gallery.

Faddists of the primitive were fascinated. For Miss Willson's paintings (of subjects like General Washington on Horse, The Prodigal Son Receiving His Patrimony, Riotous Living, Henry and His Pet Goat, Lovers) revealed a forthright,...

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