Milestones: Feb. 16, 1962

Died. Candido Portinari, 58, painter laureate of Brazil who sought to capture his country's garish blend of poverty and promise in giant murals done with a fiery palette mixed from Brazilian earths; of a stroke following cumulative lead poisoning induced by his own pigments; in Rio de Janeiro. An Italian immigrant's son who once painted signs for mule carts, Portinari was the first South American ever given a one-man show by Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, and, though an avowed Communist for much of his career, accepted commissions for a portrait of former Brazilian President Janio Quadros for TIME'S cover (June...

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