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The Later Years : Paintings by Paul Ninas

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He was a swashbuckling figure when he arrived in New Orleans in 1932, a globetrotting artist educated in Paris and Vienna, an adventurer who owned a sugar plantation on a Caribbean island. Paul Ninas was 29 years old when he visited New Orleans, and like many before him, he never left. Ensconced in the French Quarter, he caroused with promising young talents like William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson and Walker Evans. Intellectually a modernist, he had what Jimmy Buffett later called "a Caribbean soul he couldn't control," and to him, New Orleans was a seductive blend of Europe and the tropics that he spent the rest of his life trying to reconcile in paint on canvas. As a leading teacher and mentor of young artists up until his death in 1962, he is one of the prominent ancestors of this city's art scene, one whose spirit remains with us even now. -- D. Eric Bookhardt

Through September

Lemieux Galleries, 332 Julia St., 522-5988; www.lemieuxgalleries.com

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