Clifford Addams

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Clifford Addams - A Painter's Painter That must be one's summing...
A Painter's Painter That must be one's summing up of Clifford Adams art, an exhibition of whose oils, pastels and etchin is now being held at the Arlington Galleries. Although we are told Addams apprenticed himself to Whistler for five years, he distinctly does not belong to the host of Whistler imitators. In only one of the early canvases, a portrait of his daughter, Diana Addams, who Incidentally was Whistler s god daughter, dn we detect the mantle Of Whistler. Addams has an axtraordinary per sonal viewpoint. His work is a irun e mixture of tho moat subtlt; nuances of color 'with a violent dramatic massing of light and dark. What could b more subtle than the enigmatic face and clasped hands nf in "l rauquilllty, which we reproduce. With what tenderness and feeling and with what melting color he has painted' 1 hem! And then look at the violence of the mass of black hair against the white background, also the emphatic streaks of black paint which draw the folds of the rose dress. There is something of Courbet in It. Courbet loved these, violent contrasts; he caw things in big masses. But then Courbet nqver concerned himself with spiritual qualities. Then turning from "Tranquillity," with Its almost black and white scheme, we find in his "At Play." the picture which charmed the discerning visitor to last year's Pennsylvania Academy, a study in pure color. Character and symbolism are discarded. This is merely a play cf one lovely tone opposed to tlu-Other. The title is well ohosen, not only because of its subject matter, but because of the spirit whiclj prompted it. It fa a picture of a woman in a gray-blue kimono holi-Ing a canary, a Whistler kimono to be sure, against a background of th loveliest Chinese red- This is painting for the pure love of it. We are told that Mr. Addams only does paint for the fun of it, which accounts for Ms freedom of expression. He has not established reputation for himself along certain definite lines, so that he must repeat his successes in order to satisfy possible buyers. He delightfully does just what he pleases with hia paint. Take the little still-life of nhjet d art, another gem and painted with all the care and exactness of a Carlson but with a broader brush and a more telling design. It is not o much a rarnful copy of beautiful objects aa it is an arrangement and emphasis of certain shapes that please him. A silhouetting of dark shapes against light grounds, an In- GALLERIES AT A GLANCE BROOKI.TN M US BUM Water rotors by contemporary painters. Drawing by BcarflBle and ethar draftsmen of the 90. tiy Rodin. Saint Gau4nfi Faggi and Hrnncusat. ANDERSON GALLERIES Water eelora y Eduarrt Buh Ulrelch, murala by Clara Wi Is Vargn. ARLINGTON GALLERIES Paintlnsa aiM etchings by Clifford Addams. ART CEN'TKH Works of members of ths Tiffany Foundation. Portraits ivory by Countess Korzybakl. BABt'Ol K GALLERIES Annual exhibi tion of th Guild of Amerkan painters. BRIMMER (jALLERIKS Paintings by Kile f.aaeoux. CITY CLUB Photographic portrait! of relebrltleg by Alice Houghton. DANIEL GALLERIES Paintings by Da- muth. DUDENSINO GALLERIES Paintings by Eugene Higgln. DfRANp RL'EL Paintings by Tamil! Piaoaro. EHRICH GALLERIES Metal work and garden furniture by Marl Zlmmer man. FEA RON GA LLE R I ES Portraits by A T. No well. FOLSOM GALLERIES Paintings by Cllf ford Pnydci. KRAUHHAAR GALLERIES Paintings and lithographs and etchings by Daumier, Forain and Toulouse Lautreo Legros. KIPPS Water celora by Frederic Sodwell. KN'OKDLEK Prints by Coroi. Pegas. Forain and Legros. MACBETH Intimate paintings and South American pictures by Rachel Hart-lay. MILCH fiALLBRlES Paintings by Hai. earn, MONT ROSS Paintings by Kenneth Hay Miller and water colors by Arthur Hunt. NATIONAL ACADEMT OP DESIGN Winter exhibition till Dec u. PIDNEY PHILLIPS Color prints hy F. Reves Ferryman. P.EHN GALLERIES Paintings hy enacU! American urtlsts. WHITNEY STUDIO CLUB Paintings by Thomas Dannelly, Richard Lahcy. Richard Marwed and Mary Wea-delhAft. WEHYE 0AMERIES Prints and eter colors hy modern Oerman artists selected' by Ferdinand Moeller al- tery of Berlin. WILDESTEIN OAJ-t-ERIES Paintings by Picasso and Maria Laurenctn. HOWARD YOL'NfJ GALLERIES Paint ings by Lillian Ghent. terest in the pattern as It were, is one of Mr. Addams' most individual characteristics. Mr. Addams enlisted In the British Navy for tho duration of the war. There is also on view a very Interesting collection of small pastels done while ho was In service.

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 02 Dec 1923, Sun,
  3. Page 26

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