A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 30, 1961

TO paint this week's cover portrait of Brazil's President Jânio Quadros, TIME chose Brazil's most renowned artist. Cândido Portinari, 57, has spent his life, as he puts it, painting "the Brazilian people being born, living and dying, in their rituals and feasts, at their work and play." Portinari's work has been in the pages of TIME'S ART section on several occasions, and he has also painted Brazilian Presidents Getulio Vargas and Juscelino Kubitschek, but this is his first TIME cover. Delighted at the assignment to paint his President, he recalled that he once...

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