San Francisco


Ed Lesser Gallery

Street scenes of Paris and Prague, competently painted, shamelessly derivative: a few are rather refreshing. Because Le­coque (b. Prague, 1891) carries on a frank, if faded, love affair with the Paris of Renoir, Valadon and Bernard. When he confines himself to painting its streets and rooftops, where architects have already control led the design, his canvases are strong, if sentimental. His debt to Utrillo is openly paraded. In still life subjects he reverts to the most mediocre type of “parlor painting.” In them he could use some help from his friend, Renoir.

E. M. Polley