Art: Lyric Brush

In explaining himself, the realist painter nowadays has to answer two realistic questions. Why does he not leave exact representation to the camera, which has been perfected to the point that it can catch the most fleeting expression, can render color in hues no longer dishonestly brilliant, and can see things in virtual darkness? And why, if he must "get back to the image.'' does he not at least employ the gains of imagination and emotion brought to painting by impressionism, surrealism and abstraction? A picture called The Window Box, on display at Manhattan's Maynard Walker Gallery last week, gives persuasive...

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