San Francisco

Joe Jones and Diana Law

Maxwell Galleries

Joe Jones, an incurable romantic who established himself on the American scene as a regional painter in the late ’30s, is one of the country’s best known landscape artists. His early paintings were somewhat chauvinistic in their “song of America” vein, with surging rhythm and vigorous brush-strokes. Now he has a softer touch, and a wide range of pearly greys which he applies thinly in a minor key to evoke a romantic mood vitalized by sparing use of variable black line. He places emphasis simultaneously on simplified realism and geometric abstraction—linear pattern for the one, color pattern for the other. His is a very personal vision. Maxwell opened his new Young Collectors’ Gallery with an exhibition of Diana Law’s whimsical animal studies.

E. M. Polley