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American Paintings, by American Artists, in the American Art Museum

Look at this lovely photograph, isn’t it gorgeous. I wonder what camera that photographer was using? It looks so clear.


Tower Bridge, London (1989)

Tower Bridge, London (1989)


Lies! All Lies! Look closely, that’s no photograph. It’s a painting in disguise. Most would think, well of course I would be fooled online, but if I were there in person I would obviously be able to tell.

Wrong again, careless reader. Usually you cant tell until your two feet away from the painting itself. At which point it’s too late . . . you already love it.

Richard Estes has a created an evil plot to fool us all into thinking that he takes pictures instead of makes paintings. Its like buying a chocolate chip cookie and then slowly realizing that those chocolate chips are actually raisins. Pure Evil.

Good thing I like raisins almost as much as I like chocolate, because I love these paintings

Richard Estes is renowned for his realist paintings. Many of his paintings are rendered from photographs he takes while he goes traveling. Quite ironic, that a painting of a photograph is mistaken for a photograph.



Antarctica (2007)



However, realism is only the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) for Richards paintings, not only do his paintings make us feel like were looking out of a window, but his perception and composition are Da Vinci-esque.


Although Estes has a variety of pictures paintings, from all over the world he is most known most for his American city-scapes. My favorite picture is called Times Square.



Times Square (2007)



What’s more American than food and commercialism New York City’s infamous superhero movie hot-spot: Times Square.

Rhetorical Question, but if you were to ask me personally I would say a bald eagle eating a twinkie.

Times Square has a beautiful viewpoint, where most people would want us to look head on at Times Square Richard (she calls the artist by his first name as though they were besties) bounces the reflections off of a shop window and only dedicates a third of the canvas to the actual street. So in a way we get somewhat of a 180 view of Times Square the scene in front of us, and the scene to the left of us as viewed through the reflection in the window.

Richard also uses his primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) to his advantage in the painting, classic painting 101 lessons. If he were to use only dark and similar colors it wouldn’t look nearly as stylish.

Fun Fact: Richard Este’s makes sure that his paintings aren’t too serious, in every cityscape painting the infamous painter has hidden his name amongst the ads and signs. With over forty Estes pictures in the exhibit at the American Art Museum, Where’s Waldo enthusiasts will find a whole new meaning to “needle in a haystack” (out of the six paintings I searched through, I only found his name in three).

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