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Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective

Cocoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


The Corcoran Gallery of Art was granted support for a retrospective exhibition of the work of San Francisco Bay area painter Robert Bechtle. Bechtle’s work focuses on the subtle beauty of daily life, utilizing the photorealist style that was born in the 1960s. The exhibition featured 91 paintings and drawings from the 1960s to the present, including several of his best known works, many of which portray the residential neighborhoods of Northern California, replete with their signature stucco houses, repetitive rows of palm trees, and ubiquitous parked cars. This exhibition marks the first major survey of the artist’s work since 1973. The exhibition will be on view at the Corcoran from March 4 through June 4, 2006.