American Tradition in Painting

American Tradition in Painting

American Tradition in Painting

American Tradition in Painting

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To reconstruct in Europe the artistic substance of America may be hardly possible: its connection with our own is often slight. Its birth and rebirth are wholly American. No other art is likely to be born again in just this way, in the American shape. The paint in the pot is different. Why did the American idea not occur to anyone before? It did: it was in the air in Europe for a quarter of a century. It required to be filled with the unique American substance, the material poetry of the country, to gain its present force.

Lawrence Gowing "Paint in America" New Statesman, May 24, 1958.

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