Art: The High Road

MODERN artists find it easier to express passion than to praise God, and, except for Georges Rouault, they have generally chosen the easier course. But now a lame, grey, and perhaps great artist in Madrid has taken Rouault's high and lonely road. His name: Francisco Cossio. His finest achievement to date: a 20-foot-high mural (opposite) for Madrid's National Carmelite Church. While Rouault's paintings glow with almost painfully intense devotion, Cossio's masterpiece gleams cool and peaceful as a September dawn. Cossio, 54, spent three years on the mural, hopes to finish its companion...

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