Candido Portinari: painter, Commie. I was intrigued by the seahorse design – what could that possibly mean?  It took but a trice to g et the answer: it was a motif he used in a tile mural on the Ministry of Culture in 1945. I like the tile – it would go nicely in the bathroom – but I don’t think there’s a single other thing he did I like. But that’s art. There’s the stuff you appreciate, and the junk that fools all the other people. (Kidding.)