Jane Wilson

Fischbach Gallery

Jane Wilson is a worthy heir to two great painting traditions: Romantic landscape and abstract Color Field. Her images have at once the lushness of detail that informs the best landscapes and the sweep that makes the best Color Field canvases transcendentally evocative. Wilson uses abstraction to convey the emotional resonance of nature, especially the resonance it acquires by being personalized in memory, where it becomes a symbol of unconscious forces. Thus Mountains in Memory and Valley in Memory, both 1997, are explicitly afterimages, memorable fantasies, informed by longing, especially the longing for “the beyond” that was a symbol for the Romantics of the wish for death.

All of Wilson’s works, however impressionistic—Palisades: 4:30 A.M. and September 12: Mecox Bay, 1997, profess to capture the particulars of nature at a certain moment and specific place—are a blend of fantasy and

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