Art: Angry Man Calms Down

In his fiercer aspects, Joe Jones* was one, of the angriest proletarian painters of the 1930s. His canvases were packed with demonstrators, motherless waifs and starving victims of capitalist greed. In his milder moods, he turned out farm scenes in the best Midwestern tradition, with bright, theatrical coloring. Said Joe Jones, simply and violently: "I want to paint things that knock holes in walls."

This week a new show by a new Joe Jones was on view in Manhattan: 20 delicately colored, wiry-lined pictures of beaches, towns and harbors, scenes just as American as...

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