San Francisco

Constantine (Cherkas), Shirley Boccaccio

Maxwell Galleries

Dramatic landscapes and portraits, and studies of children. Constantine (b. Russia, 1919) was trained in Moscow, Munich and Vi­enna. Thus, in his dramatic landscapes, it is easy to connect him with Expres­sionist schools, especially Viennese Ex­pressionism, and to trace his portraits to Munich. Actually, he uses these early influences as frames upon which to build with his own experiences and ob­servations, occasionally deserting them in favor of neo-Impressionism, to the detriment of his work.

Color is everything to Constantine, and this is the Expressionist influence. He uses it interpretively more than descrip­tively, painting his remembered scenes not as he saw them but as he feels they should look. The more he simplifies in reconstruction, the more effective is his statement.

Shirley Boccaccio paints the woman’s world of children, not too profoundly, but with understanding and sympathy, and despite her slight penetration one finds oneself smiling.

E. M. Polley