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 John Edwin Canaday



Albert Sala is a European progenitor of realistic painting. On well-know views of New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Venice and Florence, revealing Sala’s connection with the urban or -vedute- tradition established by Canaletto and Guardi, the influence of American Masters such as Edward Hopper an Charles Sheeler, and his formal links with the photographic work of Eugene Atget, Walker Evans, and Berenice Abbot, all of which have heretofote been unacknowledged.

Never before have there been cityscapes exactly like these, where the haphazard conjunctions of common place details are transformed into a matrix that would be violated if any of its multitudinous bits and pieces were excised from the mass.

JOHN EDWIN CANADAY
American Art Critic
1983