Excerpt from Art and Archaeology, Vol. 13: January-June, 1922
This disregard does not necessarily arise from mere years and failing powers, for it is a question not so much of age as of alert sensibilities. Several of our oldest men are among the young est painters; they hold... to their youth by virtue of the freshness of their vision and their continually increasing suc cess with the special problems just indicated. Melchers and Benson have a great deal as yet unattained by Frank Swift Chase and Harry Leith Ross. The work of the latter pair is not of a sort to be belittled by the in dulgent praise which is awarded to pre cociousness, for it is in itself sound and admirable; but even with so much to their credit towards the beginning of' their careers, these two have a life time of efiort before them if they are to attain the rank of their elders.
The exhibition emphasizes the fact that, aside from those who use painting to convey peculiarly personal concep tions and who in every age are apart from their contemporaries, the pre dominant concern of this generation of American painters is with the problem of light. From the first item of the catalogue, Costigan's Spring time, to the last one, which is Reynolds Beal's Tampa Fishing Boats, the thing that constantly re curs is light, light, light - indoors or out, brilliant, subdued, or dusky, but always light. The painters of land scape and marine, of figure and still life, for the most part rely upon the atmospheric envelope of their subject matter to make their pictures..0 2c. 9 unannoun 5 8 o 5 E pupa - 2: 9558 2.
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