Robert Bechtle has focused our attention on the everyday. Working in a sun-bleached color palette and photorealist style, Bechtle gives us a quiet Americana: street-scapes, family scenes, portraits of cars. Bechtle works from photographs of familiar subjects (his family and home, for example), creating a record of a precise moment while withholding just enough detail to remain painterly. The result is an uncanny reflection of middle-class American culture. Many viewers will recognize the light and architecture of the Bay Area in Bechtle's images. Indeed, this San Francisco-based artist has taken his various neighborhoods as a primary subject.

Robert Bechtle's work has been exhibited internationally. Museum collections that include his artwork are: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Oakland Museum of California in northern California; the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.


Near Ocean View
watercolor on paper
7 x 10 1/2 in.
Santa Barbara Patio, 12/10/1982
lithograph on Kensington handmade paper
25 x 20 in.
Paros (6/7/96)
watercolor on paper
9 x 12 in.
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