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Robert De Niro, Sr. Artworks

American Painter

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Born: May 3, 1922
Syracuse, New York
Died: May 3, 1993
New York, New York, USA
Artworks

Progression of Art

1959
<i> Portrait of Mrs. Z</i> (1959)

Portrait of Mrs. Z

De Niro's primary subjects were representational landscapes, still lifes and portraits, such as the seated woman in Portrait of Mrs. Z. He expanded on these traditional subjects with carefully chosen combinations of vivid colors bordered by distinctive outlines, reflecting an influence of artists such as C├ęzanne, who also painted expressionistic figurative works. Through these works, De Niro gained recognition for connecting French Fauvist painters' colors and representational themes with Abstract Expressionists' gestural paint application.

Oil on canvas - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

1960
<i> Pattern Still Life #1</i> (1960)

Pattern Still Life #1

In Pattern Still Life #1 , one of De Niro's many still life paintings, he continued using representational subject matter as a forum for expressionistic experiments with color. Often drawn to interesting patterns and designs, he closely replicated the decorative patterns found around the room, but in many other still life works he deployed a more abstracted style. He also integrated his diverse, multicultural interests into his work, commingling exotic or antique sculpture amidst everyday flowers and fruit. By the time he created this painting, De Niro had solidified the painterly representational style in which he worked for the remainder of his career.

Oil on canvas - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

1970
<i> Nude with Leg Up</i> (1970)

Nude with Leg Up

Although De Niro was making work at the same time as the Abstract Expressionists, he drew less on the sharp angles of Cubism than did his contemporaries. Nude with Leg Up illustrates his propensity for rich, thickly applied colors, dynamic, spontaneous curves and wavy brushstrokes. Linearity played a particularly integral role within De Niro's work; many of his paintings' compositions relied on bold outlines to give structure to the abstracted sections of color.

Oil on canvas - Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco

1976
<i> Gray Barn in Blue Landscape</i> (1976)

Gray Barn in Blue Landscape

De Niro's landscapes, many of which he painted in the 1960s and 1970s, often featured a harmonious relationship between architecture and nature, with one blending into the other. In these paintings, De Niro merged deep abstraction with recognizable images of buildings, roads and plants. He also continued using the bright, Fauvist palette prevalent in his other works. Gray Barn in Blue Landscape also exemplifies the recurring overlapping of colors using thick, undulating brushstrokes.

Oil on gessoed panel - Ameringer-Yohe Gallery, New York

1978
<i>A Fashionable Watering Place</i> (1978)

A Fashionable Watering Place

In addition to painting, De Niro also wrote a great deal, particularly poetry, which he self-published in a 1976 book called A Fashionable Watering Place. This 10-part lithograph series of the same name combines his handwritten poetry and black and white illustrations. His expressionistic imagery brings to life the visual descriptions in his poems. The poem written on this page begins, "The rose behind your ear/ Close to your temple/ Is fading/ And you with it.

Color lithograph - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco

1982
<i>Crucifixion with Two Figures </i> (1982)

Crucifixion with Two Figures

Crucifixion scenes were another frequent motif for De Niro, reflecting his personal background as a lapsed Catholic who retained his interest in the religion, particularly in the ritual, art and music. Despite the specific subject matter, these paintings were as expressionistic as his other works, and thus, they sidestepped extreme religious iconography. Yet, they still possess strong emotional undertones, reinforced by the dark lines and vibrant shapes De Niro created using a brush heavily loaded with rich paint.

Oil on canvas - Estate of the Artist

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