Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective

Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective

Book - 2005
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University of California Press
Tracing Robert Bechtle's career from his earliest paintings of the 1960s to the present day, this is the definitive book on one of the founders and foremost practitioners of American Photorealism. Created in close collaboration with the artist, Robert Bechtle will accompany the distinguished painter's first retrospective exhibition. Lavish plates feature reproductions of approximately ninety of Bechtle's most significant artworks, from large-scale oil paintings to intimate watercolors and drawings. These magnificent illustrations portray the range of the San Francisco-based painter's iconic imagery of California—the rows of palm trees, stucco houses, and the ubiquitous automobiles that spurred suburban expansion—as well as his lesser-known but equally compelling family scenes and stark interiors. Bechtle's preference for wide, empty spaces; his flat, sun-bleached palette; and his detached mode of recording random details impart a singular sense of alienation to his subjects. His deadpan paintings capture the essence of the postwar American experience, in which California often serves as the testing ground for the realization of national dreams.


Blackwell North Amer
Tracing the full arc of Robert Bechtle's career from the 1960s to the present day, this publication illuminates the artistic practice of one of the most significant painters associated with the photorealist movement.
Published to coincide with a major retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this catalogue features nearly one hundred reproductions of Bechtle's most important paintings as well as intimate watercolors and drawings. These plates demonstrate the range of the San Francisco-based painter's iconic imagery of California - the rows of palm trees, the stucco houses, and the ubiquitous automobiles that spurred suburban expansion - in addition to his lesser-known but equally compelling family scenes and stark interiors.

Publisher: San Francisco : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780918471741
0918471745
9780520245433
0520245431
Branch Call Number: 759.13 BECH SA 2005
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill. (some col.) 30 cm

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