Art: Vermillionaire

He calls himself "the Vermillionaire" because of all bright colors he likes the reds best. Vermilion was therefore the predominant color in the most vivid art exhibition of the season which opened last week at New York's Marie Harriman Gallery. On view were a succession of carefully drawn studies that might be landscapes, trees, sky, the ends of old houses and narrow streets, but were actually elaborately conceived studies in pure color, psychologically akin to the huge abstractions of Pablo Picasso.

No matter how gay the canvases, they paled beside the personality of the painter. Still unknown to the general public, Oscar...