Los Angeles

Francis de Erdely

Newport Beach City Hall Fine Arts Patrons of Newport Harbor

“The art of Francis de Erdely is positive, clear, logically constructed and powerfully stated. It is the visual testi­mony of a witness of the human condi­tion in his time, explicit, without a shred of mystery. We see what he saw and feel what he valued. His passionate nature gave great force to his pictorial state­ments. His disciplined and cultivated in­tellect gave them great clarity.” The words of Arthur Millier clearly cannot be improved upon in writing about this late, great artist. The 31 paintings and draw­ings comprising a small, but well-chosen retrospective bear witness to the lasting power this painter has. If he appears “traditional” to the 1962 viewer, it is another proof of how quickly our eyes and minds become accustomed to changes in visual concepts. The pictures are loaned from private collectors only.

Irma E. Desenberg