Richard Estes Figurative Art - Men and Women on Benches
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Richard Estes
Men and Women on Benches

Circa 1960s

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RICHARD ESTES (b. 1932, Kewanee, Illinois) Richard Estes is one of the foremost Photo Realist painters who was given his first solo exhibition at the Allan Stone Gallery in 1968. Estes was greatly influenced by the realist paintings of Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Eakins when he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Estes moved to New York City in 1959 and worked as a graphic designer at magazines and advertising agencies, and painted in his free time. Many of Estes’ works from the 1960’s feature city life and people engaged in every day activities. He gradually evolved to painting storefronts, glass windows, and reflected images on these windows. Estes used photographs to aid in his hyper realistic paintings, capturing different types of natural and artificial light. Although he predominantly portrays the urban settings of New York City and its people, he avoids including famous landmarks, and most of his works feature a particular kind of isolation or dreamlike quality, like Hopper's work. Estes was born in Illinois in 1932, and moved to Chicago where he grew up. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1952-1956, and moved to New York soon after. He worked as a graphic designer for a number of magazines and advertising agencies until 1966. Estes is the recipient of a National Council for the Arts fellowship and is a member of the National Academy of Design. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among others. He lives in New York and Maine.

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  • Movement & Style
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    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Framed
  • Dimensions

    H 9.75 in. x W 14 in.

    H 24.77 cm x W 35.56 cm

  • Gallery location
    New York, NY
  • Reference number
    LU15022782201
  • Seller reference number
    RE 193

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