New York

Guy Pène Du Bois

Taylor | Graham

The show of paintings and drawings by Guy Pène Du Bois was worthwhile, even if it had nothing very new to tell. It was worthwhile because it was so very representative. Pène du Bois is a type of minor artist: not a strong enough artistic personality to achieve anything individual, yet good enough to assimilate everything around him. The mannerist drawing is like what one finds in Marsh and Benton. Occasionally it is combined with the color of Venetian mannerism (as it was especially in Benton), and where this occurs a style of (potentially) high decoration is the result—the mural painting of the thirties was generally in heavy debt to Venetian mannerism, and an oil sketch for the Emancipation mural in the present show was easily its finest moment. It is partly a matter of color (the pointlessly drab coloring of twenties and thirties painting was one of its great problems) but equally of

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