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Robert Bechtle, San Francisco Nova

San Francisco Nova 1979

Robert Bechtle
b. /
Oil on canvas
46 in. x 69 in.

Robert Bechtle’s early work was as a Bay Area figurative painter, but in the 1970s he received national acclaim as a Photorealist. His use of ordinary subject matter, harsh lighting and unstudied composition creates a sense of ironic distance typical of the genre, but Bechtle’s paintings also have a more personal quality. Shown here is Benton Avenue in San Francisco, one of the familiar local neighborhoods Bechtle frequently paints.