Photo Realism (1960s-1970s)

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Big Nude
Big Self Portrait
Telephone Booths

Visible Difference
Banana Split Sundae
Old couple on a bench
The Odd Couple (open for petrol)

Photorealism is a genre of art that encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic media, in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium.

Although the term can be used broadly to describe artworks in many different media, it is also used to refer specifically to a group of paintings and painters of the American art movement that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Frites – Claude Yvel is a French photorealist painter.

Frites is an oil/canvas still life painting from 1959.
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Frites1959Oil/CanvasStill Life
Yvel, Claude1930-French painterPhoto Realism
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1722-11]

36 x 25

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Big Nude, this 1967 is acrylic on gessoed canvas, and it is big – 297 x 644 cms.

The painting’s variegated brushstrokes reveal Big Nude to be more of a prototype for future development than a fully resolved picture. Poised precariously between a common studio exercise in figure drawing and a 1960s girlie magazine shoot, Big Nude also challenges the future of representational painting at a moment in history when the genre would seem to have long ago exhausted its potential for future development.
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Big Nude1967Acrylic/gessoed
Close, Chuck1940-American painter/ photographerPhoto Realism
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1722-12]

Private collection297 x 644
Big Self-Portrait, a watershed painting that virtually showcases Close’s unique method. Abandoning the full-body view, Close turned to one of the oldest traditions anywhere in art history, the self-portrait. Close had partially set out to refute the critic Clement Greenberg’s claim that it was impossible for an ‘advanced’ artist to work in portraiture.
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Big Self Portrait1967-1968Acrylic/CanvasPortrait
Close, Chuck1940-American painter/photographerPhoto Realism
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1722-13]

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis0

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Telephone Booths – Richard Estes is held to be one of the foremost practitioners of American Photorealism. Most of his paintings portray urban landscapes and life in big cities, particularly New York.

Telephone Booths was executed in 1967. The composition began with several photographs Estes took of a row of telephone booths located at the intersection of Broadway, Sixth Avenue and 34th Street. The artist combined and transformed these into a pictorial motif.
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Telephone Booths19680Genre painting
Estes, Richard1932-American painterPhoto Realism
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1722-14]

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Visible Difference – Howard Kanovitz was a pioneering painter in the Photorealist and Hyperrealist Movements, which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s in response to the abstract art movement.
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Visible Difference1980Lithograph on paperStill Life
Kanovitz, Howard1929-2009, aged 80American painterPhoto Realism
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1722-15]

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC73 x 53

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Audrey Flack’s lush textures and densely packed compositions of meticulously rendered objects serve as modern versions of the work of the seventeenth-century Dutch still life painters.

Frequently, she employs the symbolism of vanitas (a still life that alludes to the vanity of worldly pleasures and to life’s transient nature) but infuses it with contemporary context.

Flack is a pioneer in the genre of Photorealism and best known for her depictions of indulgence, excess, and beauty that are at the same time poignant symbols of desire, passion, and life’s journeys.

Its decadent content is evocative of childhood wonder and impulse; yet it is also a reminder of the self-control we are expected to exercise in adulthood.
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Banana Split Sundae1980Colour screenprint/
inkless intaglio/offset lithograph/paper
Still Life
Flack, Audrey1931-American artistPhoto Realism
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1722-16]

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC46 x 61
Old couple on bench: Hanson’s hyperrealistic sculptures are cast from live models and typically formed in bronze or fiberglass resin. He is known for devoting meticulous attention to details like hair, veins, and the various accoutrements—clothing and ephemera—that complete his observational sculptural vignettes.
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Old Couple on a bench1994Bronze, polychromed in oil, mixed mediaSculpture
Hanson, Duane1925-1996, aged 71SculptorPhoto Realism
LOCATION:SIZE (cms): [1722-17]

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The Odd Couple (open for petrol) is by the photo-realist Irish painter John Doherty. He lives in Watson’s Bay, Sydney Australia but was born in Kilkenny. His subjects are tiredshop fronts, rusty petrol pumps, lighthouses and colourful boats abandoned in shipyards.

This 2010 painting shows a pair of mismathed petrol pumps from the ;ate 1970s at Castletownbere, Co Cork, Ireland.
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The Odd Couple (open for petrol)2010Genre painting
Doherty, John1949-Irish painterPhoto Realism
83 x 122

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