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Franz Rederer

Dalzell Hatfield Gal­leries

Swiss expressionist Franz Reder­er possesses one of the surest brush strokes in action today. A lifetime of devotion to his art has culminated in an assurance which seems to leave little to be desired except that solutions now come easily, creating a predictable for­mula of execution almost without chal­lenge to the artist. Experimentation is no longer of apparent interest or im­portance. Characterizations in many of the large portraits seem weak, but em­phatic praise must be tendered to well-controlled spatial-effects and rather brilliant composing of the canvases.

Rederer’s palette is repetitious. Flesh is invariably depicted chalky pink while all other colors turn pastel against heavy blue-green backgrounds. The paint is applied with aplomb—fluid and direct—in broad squiggly lines much in the style of Prendergast or Soutine. The artist somehow manages to extract from this busy surface

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