"The work done by artists on the South Fork may be broken down into four distinct groups, admitting innumberable variations. The first group interpreted the world in terms of luminosity, values and color. These painters developed their approach from the Munich school, the painting of West, Copley and the itinerant portraitists. The symbolism was traditional and readily apprehended. Childe Hassam, James Preston, Hamilton King brought to the South Fork the new vivid colors of the Impressionist School. A new way of looking at the sun and its reflection in nature, the business of paintings the atmosphere opened a grand and beautiful new world. The next two groups of painters worked almost simultaneously; one, still beginning with nature interpreted nature in terms of the brilliant coloration, the high-key palette, and the new values of impressionism while the other group was primarily interested in the abstract patterns after the event of Jackon Pollock and his "action painting." The two groups at some points merge and then spread apart. There is no clear, no sharp line dividing the so-called "representational" artist from the nonobjective groups. The infinite "isms" flowered, ranging between these groups, and broke down all divisions. A few rare painters whose individual vision distinguishes them from the large movements were also important in eliminating clear advantages."
-George Albert Perret, past Director of The Parrish Art Museum