Bathers BY JOHN E. COSTIGAN
Bathers is a study in repose. Although not one of the eight figures in the
eceneis lying down, and only two of them-and they almmt the leaM important
-are siuing down, the whole acene is full of relaxation, of time enjoyed slowly.
The very quality of light filtered through branches, of reflected radiance
coming from the water below rather than from a direct sky overhead, con
tributes immeasurably to this sensation of peaceful enjoyment.
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By looking long and thoughtfully at the commonplace events taking place
about him, on his own farm at Orangeburg, and by refusing to be distracted
by whatever more dramatic events he has witnessed, Costigan has been able
to draw off the essence of everyday American life on a residential farm. His
work is not likely to appeal to those who like violent movement, of
events in crisis, or social interpretation. But such a print as Bathers is, it is the very
essence of that much discussed, but seldom realizable quality=the poetry of