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Helen Berggruen, who has been showing her paintings since 1975 and with the Fischbach Gallery since 1993, is enamored of the art of the Post-Impressionists and beyond: Cézanne, Van Gogh and Bonnard — and maybe Beckmann and Soutine. There is nothing new about the landscapes, still lifes and interiors that are her subject matter. She extends or multiplies spaces by painting the view out a window and including mirrors. In a way these are old-hat tricks.
The thing that separates Ms. Berggruen’s work from those of her predecessors — and makes it feel contemporary and distinct — is the apparent glee with which she puts brush to canvas. Her emphatic dabs
Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/arts/design/helen-berggruen-the-open-window-objects-rooms-and-landscapes.html