San Francisco

Maurice Ghiglion-Green

Pomeroy Gallery

Ghiglion-Green is a naive painter who, until 1952, worked as a croupier in a Cannes casino. He is a magnificent tonalist because of his uncanny ability to capture the particular tone of, say, a narrow street which falls into just the right relationship to the buildings surrounding it. The buildings in turn reflect perfectly the amount of light the leaden northern French sky discharges. It is a shock to see these small paintings from some distance, then move closer inspecting their detail to find the artist is a truly primitive draftsman. The painter’s articulation of sky and deep space is entirely natural; it is only when he attempts to relate architecture, sky, land and people in one painting that his lack of formal training manifests itself.

James Monte