San Francisco

Jean-Pierre Bousquet

Lewis and Vidal Gallery

Bousquet paints with lac­quer on wood panels. Many panels con­tain squares of gold and silver leaf. The image is generally a drawn-out cross. Occasionally, he tries a circle and the product is slightly bi-morphic and a trifle better. Somewhere in this world there must be people working in metal leaf who know how to use it with taste and who understand what it can do as a medium. Bousquet is not one of them. Why so much effort should be expended on such flashy, banal and glossy works, wholly devoid of any sign that someone sensitive and intelligent created them, is probably not the question here. Bousquet is a commercial artist with pretensions. Montgomery Ward bought six works.

––Joanna C. Maglott