San Francisco

William Morehouse

Bolles Gallery

Mr. Morehouse exhibits titanic landscape fantasies in a romantic spirit that would be amply suited to the rendering of persuasive sets for “Die Gotterdammerung.” There is a good deal of gorgeous painting in these “epic panoramas” with indebtedness to Van Gogh as well as to the fantastic stylism of spectacular horizons in Bosch and in the Gothic primitives. However this is neither imitation, derivation, nor erudite paraphrase, but a process of assimilation and transformation in an artist whose individuality is sufficiently strong and mature that heritage can implement it rather than engulf it. Such an exhilarating level of disciplined and articulate exuberance is expressed that the effect of so many of these paintings in close juxtaposition is somewhat overwhelming.

Palmer D. French