Some times even the most mundane of scenes, the most commonplace of faces or the most trivial of objects prove to be a cradle of beauty...unleashing new meanings when looked at again and again. The true magic of photography lies in the fact that we can capture the fleeting moments to revisit them...to listen to the music that the image resounds... Onophotopoeia...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The man who did not need a camera...

With considerable serendipidity, I was introduced to the art of Robert Bechtle.
Relatively unsung among the American artists, this man could actually be used as a substitute for a camera! The image featured above is one of the many creations of Bechtle and believe it or not....its an oil painting and not a photograph.

For the more erudite people, the art of Bechtle is what is known as Photorealism. In mundane language, that translates to realistic rendering of scenes through paintings. Photorealism is a relatively new artform that began in the 1960's. Photorealist artists have been known to be attracted to the most common and everyday scenes and objects. In keeping with this tradition, Robert Bechtle specialized in cars. In fact, his paintings could actually be studied as a journal of evolution of American cars. Along with the cars, Bechtle captured the changing facade of stereotypical American families and values in his paintings. And he did so with the utmost details. His incredible panache for the details is so reflected in his paintings that I stood one foot away from them...unwilling to believe that they are not photographs!!

The Corcoran art gallery in Washington DC is currently hosting an exhibition on him. Anybody, near and around DC is highly recommended to get a glimpse of this man's genius. More information can be found at:


Blogger wildflower seed said...

Thanks for the tip. I didnt know about Robert Bechtle.

Wednesday, 17 May, 2006  
Blogger Ajay said...

Wow. He sure is amazing. u sure it is not a photo ?:)
noone wud think dat it is a painting

Friday, 19 May, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

yes...you really have to see the painitings to believe it!

Monday, 22 May, 2006  

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