Robert Bechtle

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Robert Bechtle (born 1932) is one of the central artists of the West Coast Photorealist movement. Bechtle drew inspiration from the bright light of California, often returning to images of San Francisco neighborhoods, iconic American automobiles, and urban streets. Bechtle’s virtuosic command results in techniques that range from the imperceptible brushstroke of an anonymous hand to the painterly impasto of his later works. Bechtle’s paintings recall the high contrast and shifting focus of a more personal, vernacular photography. His paintings are informed by the unique color chemistry of prints from the 1960s and 1970s, placing their dreamlike nostalgia within a more complex layering of meanings.



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