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-esther rolick-

-recent paintings-

-george thomas hunter gallery of art - 10 bluff view - chattanooga, tennessee

-october 11 - november 8, 1953 - 


esther rolick is among the most talented of our younger artists. born in rochester of russian-polish parents, she cannot remember when she first started to paint, but while still in her teens she attended new york's art students league where she received many honors. she was only twenty at the time of her first new york one-man exhibition. 

it has been the natural inclination of critics to try to classify her work, to compare it with that of earlier artists -- some have mentioned van gogh, one el greco, because of her portentous skies. but her paintings are independent of influences; they are honest expressions of her own emotional experiences, set down in gloriously strong colors and with fine legibility. 

she paints spring with bright delicacy, the tragedy of abandoned things with dark pathos, the frantic writing of wind torn trees in colliding reds and blacks, while her animals, such as those in "war" and "peace", are handled with a gentle fantasy seldom found in contemporary artists. 

new york 
october 1953 - 

- theresa d. parker
contemporary american department
jacques seligmann galleries - 


miss rolick has studied with sculptors ossip j. zadkine and william zorach and with printmakers harry sternberg and will barnet. she has had four one-man exhibitions prior to her showing here: two shows at the jacques seligmann galleries, new york city; the stuart art galleries in boston, massachusetts; and at the woodside art gallery in rochester, new york. she has also been represented in many group shows: at the whitney museum of art, new york city; montclair, new jersey, museum; bennington college, vermont; shore studios, provincetown, massachusetts; the albany institute of history and art, albany, new york; and in various other group exhibitions. her paintings have been reproduced in life and other publications, including one by eastman kodak company for the scrapbook of the rochester historical society. she has received several fellowships -- at yaddo in saratoga springs, new york and the e. macdowell colony in peterboro, new hampshire. her works are represented in many important private and public collections, including the collections of the los angeles county museum, los angeles, california. 

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