Jake Berthot: Fellow Traveler

Jake Berthot, Untitled (White with Red Form), oil on linen, 1988
Jake Berthot, Untitled (White with Red Form), oil on linen, 1988

Deborah Barlow reflects on the work of artist Jake Berthot (1939-2014).

Barlow writes that she finds Berthot's paitings "thoughtful and yet not cerebral. Berthot blends intelligent painting and powerful feeling. Standing in front of one of his works I am invariably struck by the herculean intention to bring something deeply authentic into form. Like his hero Paul Cezanne, Berthot is incapable of being vapid or flip. He traveled by foot, simply and steadily. It was always about the work, about gaining access—which sometimes required him to claw his way—into the next valence, to move even closer to the essence of that mysterious and compelling process."

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Slow Muse