Los Angeles

Joshua Meador, Jan De Ruth, Gunnar Anderson, Jean Kalisch, Marlinde von Ruhs, William H. M. Weber, Marjorie Allen, David Rosen, William Gropper, C. B. Johnson and John Jagger

Galerie de Tours

Offers a modicum of styles by competent artists whose works generally remain in the safe confines limited to genre painting, both figurative and land- or seascape. Joshua Meador, the veteran Carmel painter who was with Walt Disney for thirty years, is showing Monterey scenes and seascapes. Though sound in brushwork and freely applied palette-knife techniques, the canvases leave one feeling the landscapes could be anywhere. Jan De Ruth, who was born in Czechoslovakia, is a more than competent painter working in romantic traditions. He brings to his “society portraiture” and lush nudes not only a remarkable eye for the factual statement but also a rare infusion of Einfuhlung—which is far more significant than simple imitation.

Gunnar Anderson’s nostalgic, Impressionistic paintings are a pictorial fleeting imagery in which he attempts to capture the tenuous world of the very young—a reverse in perspective, a child’s personal viewpoint from the small to the large, a sort of psychological inside looking out. “Red Pinwheel,” for example, depicts a young boy walking with his father through a crowd of grown-ups, more secure than dwarfed in a forest of human legs.

Others are Jean Kalisch, a representational painter, Marlinde von Ruhs, an Impressionist who graduated from the Vienna Fine Arts School, William H. M. Weber, a figurative painter with Surreal overtones who introduces oddments in gesture and placement to his portraiture and Marjorie Allen, whose works vary considerably from the overall display in their uniqueness.

David Rosen is perhaps the most thought provoking. His recent thematic series are based on William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” There are also small but select paintings brimful of social satire by William Gropper including “The Old Guard”; a few sculptures in marble by C. B. Johnson and John Jagger’s steel-wire horse.

Betje Howell