7 Comments

  1. Jerilyn

    Where’s Ralph Blakelock? He was a terrific tonalist.

  2. Paint_Mom

    Spanierman recycles the Tonalists every few years. Glad they do. How else would anyone get to know John Francis Murphy or Dow? Nice to see their names mentioned.

  3. B Hunter

    I liked the Dabo piece. It is different than the other works but I think quite striking and more unique. There is more of a surreal dreamy quality to his work than in the others, but that certainly doesn’t make it less beautiful. I sure don’t get your beef with him.

  4. Studio Matters

    That’s what makes horse races, Hunter. Certainly, there is no science to this. And you are right, the Dabo piece[actually two pieces, the drawing and the painting] is what you call dreamy. For me, the sense of place is lost in the dream.

    But we don’t have to agree. Without some disagreement, there could be no conversation. And in the end, criticism arises out of conversation. It does not descend from theories. So, Hunter, your demurral is welcome.

  5. Paint_Mom

    From the beginning, the focus of this blog has been on taste. On the freedom of it. And on the value of not being intimidated about stating one’s taste.

    I liked the Dabo drawing better than the painting. Not sure why. Maybe because that tree felt real; whereas the painting was a dreamscape, not a locale. Dreaming is easy. Depiction is harder.

  6. Richard in Chicago

    These are lovely pictures, as fresh today as they were a hundred years ago, without cliches or formulas. I always like to go back to this period, where there is so much to be relearned, that was lost in the analysis and reductionism of the twentieth century.


  7. The beauty of living near NYC is being able to follow up on a great review and see the real works!

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