PAAM 2009 exhibition catalogue

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Anne Peretz’s subject is landscape. She has painted mostly on Cape Cod where the images are sometimes rough and sometimes calm, seductively calm. She goes back from time to time to the same spots, to the same subtle crevice in the sand, to the same windswept tree on the dune, to the same pond either rippled or at utter calm, to the same path taking the viewer into infinity…or eternity. But on the canvas they appear as different spots, because either season or the varied elements have forced a different image on them. More often, however, the variety represents the painter’s sensibility which is constant and her mood which is certainly not.

Still, the discipline of Peretz’s brush is what her eyes see, filtered through what she imagines beyond. She sees both the perfect calm of idyllic nature and treacherous storms. Her paintings, nuanced in stroke, in color and in depth, are at once almost luminist, as in Inness, and flat in the complicated way of Rothko.