Robert Vickrey The Magic of Realism
Author: Philip Eliasoph Ph.D. and Virginia M. Mecklenburg Ph.D.
Publisher/Date: Hudson Hills; 1st edition (2009)
Format/Condition: New large cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 240 pages. Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.5 x 12.9 inches. Illustrated in color.
Description: A comprehensive survey of the 60 year career of a master of tempera painting, an artist who has been included in nine Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibitions 80 color plates show off the brilliant light-infused compositions of Vickrey's paintings.
Includes scholarly essays placing Vickrey in the context of the twentieth-century American art Robert Vickrey's unique vision and meticulous, painstaking technique have sustained him throughout a sixty-year career. He is widely considered to be a living master of using egg tempera, the same labor-intensive medium used by Renaissance painters, including Giotto and Cennini. But Vickrey's concerns are distinctly twentieth-century in the subjects and themes he has chosen, from childhood innocence to the dichotomy of urban versus country living. A quintessential Realist, Vickrey endeavored to explore the human condition within a distinctively American environment, writes author Philip Eliasoph, whose essay argues that Vickrey's work builds a bridge from Surrealism and New Objectivity to Magic Realism.
Described by the New York Times as the world's most proficient craftsman in tempera painting, [and] an immaculate technician, Vickrey's oeuvre is the fiercely independent work of one of its most unorthodox and even most daring inventors, according to Eliasoph.