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Problems in Synchromism

UNTIL THE 1960S ONLY NOMINAL attention was paid the Synchromists. Their names were known: Morgan Russell, from New York, and Stanton Macdonald-Wright, a transplanted Californian, both of whom painted in Paris in the ’teens. But little stylistic differentiation was accorded them under the rubric of Synchromist. Not that basic documentation was lacking: the two painters had prepared written manifestos1 to accompany at least four important exhibitions of their work from 1913 to 1923. However, their outrageous statements about the errors and failures of earlier art, from the Impressionists up to the Cubists, discouraged many level-headed critics from seriously considering their remarks about their intentions. This material did, nevertheless, testify to what the artists wanted their art to be. What has not been carefully documented is the evolution of each artist’s own ideas over the ten-year

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