Krasnow Ind Star News Pasadena 3 Jan 1965 p52
Local Art and Artists d By Larry Palmer Scripps College in Claremont is currently displaying a retrospective show covering over 50 years of painting, print-making and sculpture by one of the most respected, eminent, and at Hie same time, least known California artists. .The college is exhibiting the work of Ukrainian-bom artist Peter Krasnow, who has lived in Southern "California since 1922, through Jan.' 14. " Krasnow, who was born in .1890 and came to the United States in 1907, has. been described by art critics as "something between a hermit and a legend." Douglas McClellan, head of the art faculty at Scripps, said "his work and life have a unique significance, to the young artists of today, whose talent is developing in a strange, fractionated world of novelty and shock. "Although he has not been a follower after current modes in art, his work has resonated to the possibilities laid open by 20th Century, art movements. He has found the flux of styles that is characteristic of our century to be an opening door for his own potentials, and by developing in his rnvn way, has arrived at a true freshness of vision." . Among .the most important pieces in the show are richly formed carved tree shapes with vigorous modeling and finely worked surfaces, abstract and meaningful at the same time. These sculptures are actual trees of California, English walnut, worked to bring out certain qualities, warmth of tone, velvet texture, that grow out of a communion of the sculptor with each specific piece of wood. . His most recent work is highly personal and full of meanings that emerge only after considerable study. Among these are large, colorful, decorative canvasses in oil. "Throughout the show," ex- hibit arranger Richard Fetterson, says, "one senses Krasnow's individuality, his ability, to use materials beautifully, variety of his work, and a lessness that makes it all meaningful today." Krasnow has exhibited at the .Whitney Museum in New York, Oakland Municipal Gallery, Seattle Society of Fine Arts, Sten- dalll Art Galleries, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, (San Francisco), Galerie Pierre, (Paris), San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, University ' of California, Beverly-Fairfax Community Center, Pasadena Art Museum, Los Angeles Art Association, and the .Ragoff Gallery. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 Â·daily. Tile Pasadena Art Museum will be exhibiting more than seventy paintings and graphic works by the German artist Lovis Corinth through Jan. Only recently have critics in UK? United States begun to express an interest in Corinth, though the artist is well-known in his native land. During his student days Corinth had in East Prussia, Munich and Paris. His early works reflect his academic training, but by the turn of the century his application of brushstrokes had become so free and his colors light that he is frequently referred to as a German Impressionist. In 1911 while working on painting titled Paradise, which is on display in this exhibit, suffered a stroke which apparently altered his outlook on thus affecting his painting. This latter Expressionist phase Continued on Page TV 7.