Rosemarie Beck
American , 1923-2003

Rosemarie Beck worked in a different vein from her Abstract Expressionist peers and friends like Philip Guston and Bradley Walker Tomlin. “Abstract art is too concrete,” she once wrote in her journal. “Art which uses the object for references involves true abstraction.” Starting in the 1950s, Beck developed the realist style she became known for, which was influenced by Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and particularly Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne. She was best known for the figurative representations and landscapes in her paintings, drawings, and embroidered works. Bolstered by art-historical training, Beck also frequently referenced conventions of traditional painting through the use of classical themes, as in Leda and the Swan (2003), Bather (1985), and House of Venus (1957).

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