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Robert Greene

Robert Miller Gallery

There is something very American about Robert Greene’s paintings. Although his Arcadian landscapes—peopled by a plethora of dogs and tiny figures in airs of distracted contemplation, eccentric activity, or self-inflated beauty—hearken back to 18th-century French Salon painting, stylistically Greene can be linked to Marsden Hartley, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and even Arthur Dove. Beneath the decorative amiability and vanity of his paintings is a foundation of angular compositional rigor and a bare-bones, encrusted-oil-on-board surface, as opposed to the compositional swirls and luminous varnished surfaces of the French Salon. In Greene’s lushly painted skies exists a gestural freedom where, in the American tradition, paint stands as paint, and the painter’s mark is not sacrificed for illusionism.

This work does not assume an intellectual posture, nor does it claim more for itself than the creation

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