Claudio Bravo

Bread , 1995

30.0 x 32.0 Inches
Edition of 71
Estimate $2,700 - $3,300
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“The photorealists, like machines, copied directly from photographs. Always I have relied on the actual subject matter because the eye sees so much more than the camera: half tones, shadows, minute changes in the color or light. I think I was working more in the tradition of the Color Field artists, like Mark Rothko, whom I still greatly admire. There was also a touch of the Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies, because he, too, did paintings involving string across a canvas surface.”

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Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo (1936-2011) was a Chilean painter and sculptor known for his trompe l’oeil paintings that blended hyperrealism with classic Spanish influences and art historical references. Influenced by Baroque and Surrealist styles, Bravo caught the attention of the American art world in the early 1960s for his trompe l’oeil paintings of paper packages, prompting him to move to New York. Bravo often denied the label of “photorealism” to describe his work, instead crediting Mark Rothko as inspiration. While photorealists worked from photographs, Bravo worked from live subjects, depicting abstract fields of color in much the same manner Rothko did, while still emphasizing the tactile quality of the paper packages he painted. He expanded his artistic repertoire to include still lives, landscapes, along with animal and human portraits after moving to Tangier, Morocco in 1972. Bravo frequently painted portraits of prominent political figures, including the Marcos Presidential family of the Philippines and Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. His works are held in major collections such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he was the recipient of a Gold Medal of Honor from the Casita Maria in the Bronx.

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