Donald Totten

  • Arnold Schifrin and Harvey Young

    Sometimes the choice of ancestors made by painters is particu­larly evident in their drawings. There has to be a clear statement of fundamentals with no chance for “padding.” This is true in this fine exhibit of draw­ings by two of California’s best paint­ers.

    Arnold Schifrin’s drawings seem to belong to a “family” coming through Rembrandt and Goya, Van Gogh and the Fauves. At the same time he is conscious of his central European heri­tage and his relationship to such men as Soutine and Kokoschka. One is aware of his search for form through his use of rich tone-relations in his calligraphy. Here