Robert Bechtle

(American, born 1932)

20th street capri by robert bechtle

Robert Bechtle

20th Street Capri, 2002

3,500 USD

three houses on pennsylvania avenue by robert bechtle

Robert Bechtle

Three Houses on Pennsylvania Avenue, 2011

6,000 USD



Born in San Francisco, CA
1950 - 1954
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA: B.F.A.
Graduated Alameda High School
1956 - 1958
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA: M.F.A.
Ends a stint in the Army to enroll at CCAC for a Master's Degree
1960 - 1961
University of California, Berkeley, CA
NEA Individual Artist Grant
NEA Individual Artist Grant
Guggenheim Fellowship
NEA Individual Artists Grant


Lifelike, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; travel to Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Highlights 2012, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Hyper Real – Art and America in 1970, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
Dawn Till Dusk, jen bekman, New York, NY
Hyper Real, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
The Road to Here, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California
Robert Bechtle: Watercolors and Drawings, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Picturing America: Photorealism in the 1970s, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
The Rose at Brandeis: Works from the Collection, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Public Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Neue Galerie der Stadt Aachen, Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany Ludwig
Museum in the Russian Museum, The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia


The Wizard of Oz, Essay by Jens Hoffman, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2008
Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture, Phaidon, New York, 2007
Peinture et Photographie, Essay by Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Chene, France, 2007
Robert Bechtle Plein Air 1986-1999, January 31-March 3, 2007 exhibition catalog. Essay by Bill Berkson, Gallery Paule Anglim, 2007
Photorealism: Cultural Icons, December 5, 2006-January 13, 2007 exhibition catalog, Essay by Louis K. Meisel, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, 2007
Robert Bechtle, December 1, 2006 –January 6, 2007 exhibition catalog. Essay by Linda Nochlin, Gladstone Gallery, 2006
Infinite Painting: contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Francesco Bonami, Villla Manin Centro d'Arte Contemporanea
Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University of California Press, Berkley
Centric 58: Robert Bechtle – California Classic, Marina Freeman, edited by Constance W. Glenn. University Art Museum, College of the Arts, California State University, Long Beach
Realism in 20th Century Painting, Brendan Prendeville, Thames and Hudson, London, UK
Made in California: Art Image and Identity, 1900-2000, Stephanie Barron, Sheri Bernstein, Ilene Susan Fort, Los Angeles County Museum of Art/ University of California Press, Berkeley, CA
Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the 20th Century, Patricia Hills, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ
The American Century: Art and Culture 1950-2000, Lisa Phillips, Whitney Museum of American Art/ W.W. Norton & Co,. New York, NY
Art of the 20th Century: The History of Art Year by Year from 1900 to 2000, Jean-Louis Ferrier, Editions du Chene, France, p705
Why Draw a Landscape? Kathan Brown, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
California Art: 450 Years of Painting and Other Media, Nancy Dustin Wall Moure, Dustin Publications, Los Angeles, CA
No. 1: First Works by 362 Artists, Ed. By Francesca Richer & Matthew Rosenzweig, DAP, New York