Everyone is saying it. Palm Beach is changing. The old
guard is passing its responsibilities to the young and
the vital fashion and manners change, the swing is inevitable
and it brings with it its Joys and sadness.
Amann has a Princess, a vivacious, young and pretty fair-haired
Princess whose talent has already drawn such thoughtful
collections as Mr. and Mrs. Jerome J. Cohen, Dorothea
Wakemore, Ed Sullivan, Culan Biddle and Mr.and Mrs. Harris
Cohen, whose portraits form the center of the whole exhibition.
Princess Margherita handles every subject with the courage
that only the young display but where there is a large
menu there is always a speciality and the life studies
compete strongly with the portrait for top place in this
charming artist's repertoire.
There is a delightful charcoal in one comer of the exhibition
of a girl in a full black skirt and a white blouse, the
latter delightfully picked out in white ink or gouach,
but there is also a charming composition of Or. and Mrs.
Stanley Frehling's grandchildren that is softly handled
in monochrome, and one wonders how she found such accurate
portraiture without the use of a photograph but, however
it was achieved, the method does not show, Carol Morgan
Hopkins pointed that out! Her landscapes are ethereal
and one is held in awe by the sheer abstraction and the
thin and delicate colors are soft and pretty, but prettiest
of all is the reclining figure in warm monochrome that
is displayed In the window of this lively gallery, a painting
that demonstrates beyond question that this attractive
princess Is in full possession of the knowledge of anatomy
of the female body, and enjoys painting this subject with
free loose brush strokes that are both deft and surprisingly
The happy spirit of Palm Beach's new young society seems
to have adopted the Amann Gallery and I think it makes
sense both to keep that mood happy and to maintain a feeling
of exclusivity that opening nights are by invitation only.