The representational reading of this painting is the least interesting way to see it; a postcard of the same scene would carry more documentary information. By using the light, color, and organization of the scene as his starting point, Pace is able to convey something that is more truth than fact. What we are witnessing is an alert consciousness conveying something meaningful about the subjective experience of that place on that day, reminding us that all experience is subjective, and that all truly worthwhile art conveys something personal and important from one person to another.
The generation of artists like Pace and Milton Avery, William Keinbusch, and William Thon, who understood the abstract nature of art and who cared about the experience of nature are passing from the scene and from art-world fashion, and it’s a great pity. Something fundamental to the artistic enterprise is going with them.
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