Art: Primitive

To attract rural art lovers to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia last week, fair officials held a contest for amateur painters, got Austin Faricy, professor of esthetics at Stephens College (for women) in Columbia, to judge it. Professor Faricy took one look at the entries, gave first prize to a barnyard scene called Farm Life, painted on a piece of muslin in oils and aluminum shellac.

Creator of this startling masterpiece turned out to be a Missouri Negress, Flora Cornell Lewis. Born in Kansas, 36-year-old Mrs. Lewis has been painting since she was...

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