At the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, Alvin Ross was an anomaly; his
precise, finely-wrought still life paintings, done on a small scale, were
the antithesis of the large, impetuously brushed evocations of the Expressionist
vein rampaging around him.
Ross was a thoughtful artist, an historian as well as a student of art.
His frequent trips abroad confirmed his sense of the past, and his use
of realism in a period dominated by abstraction in art.
Apples On A Chair is vintage Ross: In the monochromatic white setting
of the ripe-red fruit on the chair, the apples become unlikely protagonists
(note how the left-hand apple confronts the pair adjacent to it) in a
kitchen drama that assumes an unexpected poignancy. Ross died at the height
of his powers, and as one of the few artists elected president of the
Provincetown Art Association.
The Collection of the Provincetown Art Association
and Museum, March 3-13, 2000, The National Arts Club, New York, NY;
Curatorial Notes: Tony Vevers