San Francisco

Ben Langton

Bolles Gallery

Ben Langton, in a group of paintings recently shown at the Bolles Gallery, essays a return to the exuberant, heavily impastoed, vividly pigmented landscape styles of late 19th-century European artistic ferment, as seen through that long historical perspective conducive to amalgamating stylistic devices and mannerisms from Van Gogh, Gauguin,Munch and Nolde—and from the Fauves, Der Blaue Reiter and a host of independents peripheral to these movements—much as they have now become embraced by the same melding perspective under the general heading of Expressionism.

However, Mr. Langton’s telescopy is clearly not contrived as a spoof in the spirit of one looking down this long perspective with an eye of impudent modernity to patronize what he scans with clever and supercilious hindsight. Rather does Langton seem innocently and sincerely committed to the somewhat naive premise that if one’s personal

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