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Cityscapes in Oil – Seven Portraits of New York and San Francisco, by Richard Estes

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When I saw Telephone Booths by Richard Estes, I was sure it was a photograph.  But in fact it's an oil painting on masonite.  All seven of the following oil paintings have an uncanny resemblance to photographs, with probably the painting of the Powell Street cable car in San Francisco having the least resemblance.

 

 


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""I think the popular concept of the artist is a person who has this great passion and enthusiasm and super emotion. He just throws himself into this great masterpiece and collapses from exhaustion when it's finished. It's really not that way at all. Usually it's a pretty calculated, sustained, and slow process by which you develop something. The effect can be one of spontaneity, but that's part of the artistry. An actor can do a play on Broadway for three years. Every night he's expressing the same emotion in exactly the same way. He has developed a technique to convey those feelings so that he can get the ideas across. Or a musician may not want to play that damn music at all, but he has a booking and has to do it. I think the real test is to plan something and be able to carry it out to the very end. Not that you're always enthusiastic; it's just that you have to get this thing out. It's not done with one's emotions; it's done with the head." – Richard Estes

 

 

Four Portraits of New York City:

 

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And, Three Portraits of San Francisco:

 

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgement: The words in quotations in the text above, and all of the images, are courtesy of the artist, Marlborough Gallery in New York City, and artnet's Artist Works Catalogues.  At its AWC, there is this: "artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource.  Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues."   

 

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