San Francisco

Robert Watson

Maxwell Galleries

The catalogue’s claim is that Robert Watson is “one of the worthier living American painters, born in Martinez, California, 1923.” Considering this specific datum, the claim is undoubtedly accurate. Watson’s paintings consist of spacious vistas . . . huge spacious empty vistas . . . huge architectural empty remnants . . . tiny figures . . . empty tiny figures contemplating vast empty vistas . . . empty. The color tonality is best described as blue-green throughout.

––Walter Hopps