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Introduction by Richard J. Wattenmaker

"Martin Kotler’s cityscapes represent a significant aspect of his work. Descriptive classifications such as “realist” do not adequately capture the individual character and boundaries of his originality and are of no help in assisting us to understand the prodigious mastery and conceptual finesse of his art. Past masters like Vermeer,Canaletto, Bellotto and El Greco, to name just a few, conceived ingenious and diverse pictorial solutions to the cityscape theme whereby they transformed the prosaic into poetry. Artists and photographers in our epoch have continued to explore these challenging picture ideas. It takes a confident artist not to be crushed under such a legacy. Washington is fortunate to have an artist of Martin Kotler’s stature and to have this wonderful opportunity to study and enjoy the exceptional creative results of his experiments presented in this exhibition."

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