Lansner, Kermit
September 1953
New Republic;9/14/53, Vol. 129 Issue 7, p19
Entertainment Review
The article focuses on recent French painting. The dominance of abstraction, in all its form, is the most striking feature of recent French painting. At the moment, the most consistent painters are those who have made a program of abstraction. The younger ones are involved in its philosophy and contentious about its logic. They have no truck with subject matter and regard painting as a spiritual pursuit, which consists in the arrangement of forms and colors. The work of these painters is flat and neat. Holding the center of French painting is a fairly large group of painters who have veered to neither of the poles of abstraction. They remain deeply involved in the French tradition and still retain their attachment to the subject, attenuated as it may be, as well as their passion for fine painting.


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