ANDREW BUTLER – New England Scene – A Treasury of American Prints
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New England Scene
BY ANDREW BUTLER
The Elegance and precision of Butler’s line are strange instruments with
which to subdue the sobriety and bleakness of New England.
Yet, they prove to be oddly effective, even if tlhe result is somewhat more gentle than the reality.
Butler has an almost Japanese reverence for fortnal linear values that is
inclined to sacriﬁce everytliing to theworking out of the artistic problem at
hand. So,in this New England Scene we must not take as realistic the neat rail-
road train, the precise tracks, the toy horse-anti-buggy, the ideal far view:
they are the elements of a composition fraught with rhythmic and dimensional
complexities. This is, perhaps, not a profound art, but one that is perfect as
far as it goes. Decoratively, at least, it is satisfying.