Alameda Gran Torino

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, T. B. Walker Foundation Fund purchase in honor of John Humphrey

About Robert Bechtle

Robert Bechtle paints what he calls portraits of the “essence of American experience.” Bechtle’s subjects come from his surroundings and scenes he knows with great familiarity: families, residential neighborhoods in California, and especially cars—an object he has extreme reverence for. Since the 1960s, Bechtle has been an active affiliate of the Bay Area Figurative Art movement, which ran counter to both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism on the East Coast. His controlled paint handling and attention to detail have established Bechtle as one of the eminent Photorealists of his time. Bechtle explains his disciplinary choice in stating that he is trying “to achieve a kind of neutrality or transparency, in the sense that I would like the viewer to react first to the thing pictured…and only secondly to how it is painted.”

American, b. 1932, San Francisco, California, based in San Francisco, California

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
John Zurier and Friends, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2016
Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2016
Scratches, Spit and Vinegar, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2015
Summer Choices, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
2015
America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2014
Summer in Black and White Group Show, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco