San Francisco

Viola Hildebrand and Harold L. Downer

Lucien Labaudt Gallery

Miss Hildebrand exhibits abstractions in oil bearing such titles as The Place No One Knew Water, Duel in the Sun Water, and various other Waters, in which the obvious attempt is to evoke the rhythms and colors characteristic of lakes, pools, reflecting foliage, and other natural water surfaces. As the titles imply, one is here confronted with a rather cloyingly Romantic Abstract Impressionism, indifferent in both conception and execution. Mr. Downer’s abstractions are monotonously repetitive, suggestive of commercial designs for textured linoleum.

Palmer D. French