BERTA WALKER GALLERY
Opening Friday, August 16, 7 - 9 PM
& continuing through September 8
HERMAN MARIL * MURRAY ZIMILES
& PROVINCETOWN MASTERS, PAST & PRESENT
|HERMAN MARIL, Portrait on the Easel, 1981, O/C, 24 x 30|
Herman Maril (1908-1986) was a nationally known artist who painted seascapes, interiors, and landscapes in a pure, lyrical, and profound style. His work is in over 100 museum collections and he was featured in a 2008 retrospective at the Provincetown Art Association Museum, commemorating what would have been
his 100th birthday.
Maril's paintings -- landscapes, seascapes,interiors --are lyrical and spacious, filled with light and a serenity seen in everyday environments such as a woman hanging the laundry, a fisherman cleaning the catch of the day, a family playing by the sea. His simplified subjects and abstracted environments result in visual elegance. His paintings emphasize clarity and simplicity, achieved through broad, flat color masses in a style related
to Cubism. Said Maril: "I like the painting to look as if it is going to breathe onwithout any effort...". "His rather quiet, yet richly lyrical color and his always well-composed compositions have great lasting quality" said the late
Adelyn Breeskin, former Director of the Baltimore Museum.
|MURRAY ZIMILES, Buffalo Mountain, 2009, oil and mixed media on canvas, 48 x 40"|
Zimiles is a painter who has spent summers on the vast, open dunes of Provincetown living in a dune shack. "Although much of the content of my paintings derives from an inner vision and relates to my Hudson River surroundings and perhaps the Hudson River Landscape School, I did drink in the wonders of wide and wild vistas while, as a boy, I lived with my aunt and uncle, artists Boris Margo and Jan Gelb, and helped build the shack known as Margo Gelb. Each summer, living on the dunes, I continue to absorb the space, the light, and the feel of the Cape's undulating landscape detectable in paintings.