San Francisco

William Theo Brown

Hollis Galleries

Brown’s enthusiasm for the figure is probably an extension of the life class work of his school period, but the nude here is not posing: he is wrestling, diving, playing volley ball, or just looking in a mirror, but always actively engaged. The color is bright and handsome, fairly varied, and seems to be the principal interest of the painter. It is a happy combination of the expressive and decorative uses of color.

A frequently used technique among the broad brush figurative painters, is to flatly paint in the silhouette of the figure in a thin turp wash, and then body forth a loosely modeled part of the figure with heavier paint, giving that part a solidity of form, but leaving large areas of the original silhouette to represent shadows that fall across the body. These areas are unsatisfactory as shadows, but certainly these artists do not intend that the figure should look hollow, as if

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