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By Richard Estes
Signed ‘Richard Estes’ (lower right); oil on masonite
Size: 122.5 x 76.5 centimetres
Estimated price: €140,000-160,000
In the 1960s, art-collecting audiences in America developed a particular interest in exact replication, fuelling a demand for paintings inspired by photographic depictions of the world. Alongside Chuck Close (b 1940), Malcolm Morley (b 1931) and Audrey Flack (b 1931), Richard Estes (b 1932) is considered one of the pioneers of this genre.
Having trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, Estes moved to New York in 1959 and started painting realistic urban landscapes of the city. His accurately detailed representation of real views won him international renown. Contrasting dichotomies such as indoor versus outdoor scenes and meticulous details versus bold compositional lines are characteristic juxtapositions found in Este’s work. His exploration of striking window reflections is another signature feature, leaving viewers to question their own awareness of perspective in their day-to-day environment.
Having exhibited extensively, Richard Estes has become one of the most well-known of Photorealist painters who emphasised and celebrated craftsmanship at a time when mechanical reproduction was stirring the art world.
Christie’s auction, Realist Art from the Scheringa Museum, took place in Amsterdam on September 18, 2012. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on September 16, 2012.