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Luis Marsans

Claude Bernard Gallery

Recent work by the noted Spanish realist Luis Marsans was presented in his first one-person exhibition held in the United States. In it, Marsans revealed himself to be an artist of a temperament eminently well suited to capturing the emblematic essence of reality. Missing from these small-format paintings and drawings is even the slightest hint of calculation or self-consciousness, those being the common failings of many another artist of similar ambition. Instead, there is a sensibility of pure creative imagination.

Imagination, for an artist like Marsans who is able to find inspiration in the ordinary events and objects of the world around him, is especially critical, given that it is the very element on which a viewer’s deeper levels of emotive response depends. While the attraction to the familiar and everyday seemed obvious in Marsan’s choice of subjects—flowers, walls, building facades,

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