Robert Natkin was one of the important abstract painters of his generation. Throughout the second half of the Twentieth Century, he painted lyrical and powerful canvases. Natkin was not a formal purist, designer or architect of abstract compositions intended to stand strictly on their own without reference to other things, places, or events. He was a visual poet whose seemingly abstract images actually exist to enchant us with intimations and evocations of things we can sense but never quite see. His colors, shapes, textures, and lines are coaxed and cajoled toward their final destinations on his canvases.