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She said Rockmore was an overlooked genius. "Was it politics? Did he offend people? Why was he so popular in New York when he was younger, and then he leaves, changes his name and then goes on into his fairy tale land?"

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In the 1950s, when he was still in his 20s, his paintings hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum. He was a bright young American artist who had a taste for Rembrandt and figurative paintings, with the outlook of an American social realist.

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But she had forgotten about the collection due to short term memory loss, her family said. Marvin was one of Rockmore's most devoted fans. She saw genius in him like many others in New Orleans. The extraordinary collection was gathering dust when her son, Rich Marvin, took her down to New Orleans in October 2006, a year after Katrina, to get "a few paintings," as her mother described it. Instead, they found the units packed with remnants of Rockmore's life.

Rockmore changed: He left his wife and three children, changed his last name and headed to New Orleans in 1959, where he would eventually get lost to the New York art world.

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among art galleries for his temper and fits of outrage. His friends say he suffered emotional problems for much of his life.

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The story of Noel Montgomery Davis (his real name) is getting a long overdue audience outside New Orleans, a city that is enjoying something of an art renaissance itself six years after Hurricane Katrina. From now until the end of January, his works are on view at the LaGrange Art Museum. The retrospective is called "Creative Obscurity: The Genius Noel Rockmore."

NEW ORLEANS In the four block radius where he painted and drank himself into frightening stupors, Noel Rockmore was known by the denizens of the French Quarter as an outrageous Pablo Picasso like figure who combined the mythological and the real. He produced about 15,000 oil paintings, temperas, collages and sketches over his career and then died in obscurity.

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"He was kind Nike Air Force 1 Low Ultra Flyknit Black of an art hobo," said Ethyl Ault, interim director of the LaGrange Art Museum.

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The show is based on nearly 1,500 Rockmore artworks retrieved from storage units in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. For 25 years, Shirley Marvin, an octogenarian Baton Rouge patron, had been saving Rockmore artworks and memorabilia with the intention of making him famous one day.

expressionism typified by the paint throwing of Jackson Pollock became the rave. Rockmore, who admired draftsmanship in painting, detested it.

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His life was that of an American outsider and a throwback to Europe's great expressionistic and hedonistic masters.

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