Robert Bechtle, an American painter, born in San Francisco, California on May 14, 1932. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Painting (pān'tīng in Art, is the practice of applying Color to a Surface (support base such as e The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city Events 1264 - Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured in France making Simon de Montfort the Year 1932 ( MCMXXXII) was a Leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. He received his B. F. A. and M. F. A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, in 1954 and 1958 respectively. Founded in 1907 California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts is a regionally accredited independent school of art and design in Oakland Oakland (ˈoʊklənd founded in 1852 is the eighth-largest city in the U
Bechtle has lived all his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his art is centered on scenes from everyday life.
He started drawing at a young age and with encouragement from his teachers and family, pursued a future as an artist. Bechtle won a scholarship that paid for his first year of college by submitting a portfolio of artwork to a national competition. After graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts), he was drafted into the U. Founded in 1907 California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts is a regionally accredited independent school of art and design in Oakland S Army and sent to Berlin, where he painted murals in the mess hall and delighted in visiting European museums. Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. Besides making paintings, watercolors, and drawings, he is an accomplished printmaker: he worked in lithography early in his career and mainly in etching after 1982 when Crown Point Press began publishing his prints.
He taught at San Francisco State University from 1978 to 1999. San Francisco State University (informally referred to as San Francisco State, SF State, State and SFSU) is a public University Bechtle lives and works in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Potrero Hill is a neighborhood in San Francisco California, USA located on the east side of the city east of the Mission District and south of the South of The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city
Considered one of the earliest Photorealists along with Richard Estes, Chuck Close and Ralph Goings. Photorealism is the genre of painting based on making a painting of a Photograph. For the wildebeest expert see Richard Despard Estes. Richard Estes (born May 14, 1932 in Kewanee Illinois Chuck Thomas Close (born July 5, 1940, Monroe Washington) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a Photorealist, through Ralph Goings ( May 9, 1928 in Corning California) is an American painter closely associated with the Photorealism movement By the mid-sixties, he had started developing a style and subject matter that he maintained over his career. Working from his own photographs, Bechtle created paintings that are described as photographic. Taking inspiration from his local San Francisco surroundings, he painted the neighborhoods, friends, family, and street scenes–paying special attention to automobiles. Bechtle's brushwork is barely detectable in his photo-like renditions. His paintings reveal his perspective on how things look to him, the color and the light of a commonplace scene. Peter Schjeldahl wrote in The New Yorker that in 1969, when he first noticed a Bechtle painting, he was “rattled by the middle-class ordinariness of the scene. Peter Schjeldahl was born in 1942 in Fargo, North Dakota. He grew up in small towns throughout Minnesota, and attended Carleton College The New Yorker is an American Magazine that publishes reportage commentary criticism essays fiction satire cartoons and poetry ” As he looked more closely, he discovered “a feat of resourceful painterly artifice” that he gradually realized was “beautiful. ” Schjeldahl concludes the article in this way: “Life is incredibly complicated, and the proof is that when you confront any simple, stopped part of it you are stupefied. ”
Robert Bechtle's work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney and the Guggenheim in New York, as well as the Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, USA, on 53rd Street between Fifth The Smithsonian Institution (smɪθsoʊnɪən is an educational and research institute and associated Museum complex administered and funded by the Government of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA) is a major Modern art Museum and San Francisco Landmark.
Robert Bechtle is represented by Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York, NY
"Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective" exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (February 12 - June 5, 2005) the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (June 26 - August 28, 2005) and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art
In May to October 2000, the Oakland Museum led a retrospective of Bechtle's paintings, "California Classic: Realist Paintings by Robert Bechtle". Oakland Museum of California or Oakland Museum is a Museum dedicated to the Art, History, and Natural science of California
Robert Bechtle has made prints with Crown Point Press in San Francisco, CA since 1982. Here is a video interview about his prints.