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Robert De Niro, Sr.

American Painter

Movement: Abstract Expressionism

Born: May 3, 1922 - Syracuse, New York

Died: May 3, 1993 - New York, New York, USA

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Quotes

"I would like to think that the exhilaration will have a great effect and influence in the deepest sense, not causing painters to develop mannerisms based on Bonnard's style, but causing them to try to equal as much as they are able, Bonnard's essence."
Robert De Niro, Sr.

"The whole idea of 'action painting' is foreign to me, and, I believe, detrimental to painting, which is what Leonardo called it, 'a mental thing.' A physical action is painting, when it dominates, dulls sensitivity to nature and to one's own feelings, precludes subtlety, and institutes a dead mechanical routine."

Synopsis

Painter, sculptor and poet Robert De Niro, Sr. was a substantial contributor to post-war American art for his dedication to painterly representation. While his contemporaries eschewed the figurative style of the Old Masters, De Niro reveled in it. Yet, he manipulated this representative imagery in highly imaginative ways, using reality as a framework in which to evolve his intensely expressive brushstrokes and colors. This vivid, innovative, representational work established De Niro as a distinct figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Key Ideas

Although influenced by the gestural panting of his Abstract Expressionist contemporaries, De Niro's aesthetic was primarily shaped through the subjects and styles of France's 19th-century artists and Europe's early modernist painters.
De Niro helped to establish painterly representation as a specific, unique style in its own right, rather than a simple extension of existing European and American methods.
The ongoing friction between reality and abstraction in De Niro's paintings sets them apart from those of his contemporaries. Almost all of his works are representational, but they are also very expressive, making bold, imaginative use of color, lines, and brushstrokes.

Biography

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Childhood

Robert De Niro was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1922. He began making art at age five and showed immediate and immense talent, eventually enrolling in adult classes at the Syracuse Museum. At only 12 years old, he impressed his teachers so much that he received his own studio in the museum school. While his Irish mother encouraged his painting, his Italian father did not. Despite his father's disapproval, De Niro continued developing his exceptional artistic skill.

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Artists

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse
Hans HofmannHans Hofmann
André DerainAndré Derain
Chaim SoutineChaim Soutine
Pierre BonnardPierre Bonnard

Personal Contacts

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams
Anais NinAnais Nin
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan
Jackson PollockJackson Pollock
Willem de KooningWillem de Kooning

Movements

FauvismFauvism
Abstract ExpressionismAbstract Expressionism

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Years Worked: 1933 - 1993
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Larry RiversLarry Rivers
Jane FreilicherJane Freilicher
Lester JohnsonLester Johnson

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Clement GreenbergClement Greenberg
Thomas B. HessThomas B. Hess

Movements

Neo-FauvismNeo-Fauvism

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