Kona Kai

Artist Details

Name: Robert Bechtle
Birth: 1932
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 1967
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 45 1/8 x 52 1/4 inches
Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by the American Federation of the Arts Museum Purchase Fund

American artist Robert Bechtle is based in San Francisco. Influenced by photography and Pop art, Bechtle works from photographs and even projects slides onto  the canvas he is working.  Bechtel explains, “What you see in making the painting is a lot more than you see when taking the photo. For instance, maybe there is a tree casting a shadow over stairs. In the photo, it registers as just an area of shadow. But when you start to paint it, there is a lot going on there, and you have to find a way to deal with it that will feel right to people.” His renowned photorealistic paintings are characterized by a focus on middle-class neighborhoods, cars, and ordinary people, and reflect his own experience and upbringing in northern California.

Kona Kai was purchased for the Gibbes collection in 1772 with funds from the American Federation of the Arts Museum Purchase Fund.

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