Los Angeles

“American Impressionists”

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries

The final section of the Summer Art Festival presented at the Hatfield Galleries in the Ambassador Hotel concentrates on the American Impressionists and an additional few who, by some stretch of esthetic imagination, might also be expected to relate to the movement.

Rarely does one find a survey of this kind which establishes within itself such over-all excellence. There is no place here for fill-ins or trivia—the criteria for inclusion is obviously demanding, and in all instances successfully met. One could rarely find a more exemplary George Bellows than The Skeleton. A huge fishing boat is under construction on a beach, exposing its naked white ribs like bleached bones of a stranded Moby Dick, against the deep dark hills beyond. Strongly composed, the picture surface gleams with brilliant sweeps of paint as refreshing and capable as Vlaminck, and as dramatic and sculptural as Homer.


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