Los Angeles

Arthur Levine

Ceeje Galleries

Small scale and muted, somber tonality contribute charm and a refreshing change of pace to this group of paintings. One cannot help but immediately compare these landscapes, harbor scenes, and still life subjects with the 19th-century English and Dutch landscape artists, for the low-keyed color palette seems to be a direct revival of the subtleties of Constable and Turner.

The paintings seem to function better as quick oil sketches than as finished oils. The loose, free application of paint produces a vigorous drawing, but sometimes at the expense of complete articulation. As a result, the composition does not always hang together as it should. Despite small size, the paintings benefit if viewed from a distance.

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