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Nathan Oliveira, Works on Paper, 1960–1969,” at the San Francisco Museum of Art, consisted of 124 small-format works of the class specified, ranging from casual sketches and graphic improvisations through serially evolving studies for paintings and prints, to carefully finished drawings. While drawings, gouaches, watercolor and acrylic studies predominated, a few lithographs were included, but only in the context of numerous prior hand-sketches leading to the finished conception.

The nine-year span encompassed by this specialized retrospective show revealed various phases of Oliveira’s development as reflected in sometimes startling contrasts of style and technique. An essentially Romantic-Expressionistic concern with the individual—the private man, whether isolated, anonymous and mute in those strange head-and-shoulders, featureless portraits of 1960 and 1961 with their mummy-like frontal

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