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Agua Caliente Nova

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Agua Caliente Nova

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Robert Bechtle
American, born 1932

Date

1975

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1978.1

Dimensions

48 x 69 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

In honor of the American Bicentennial in 1975, forty-five American artists were commissioned by the Department of the Interior to depict the American landscape. Here Robert Bechtle shows the desert canyon of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation near Palm Springs, California, as an incidental backdrop for the view of a Chevrolet Nova, the artist’s wife, and his children. This typical tourist’s snapshot maintains an aura of both tangible familiarity and painterly precision. Bechtle relishes opportunities to explore the mundane, revealing the delicate balance found in the universe of cars, streets, houses, and sidewalks in his hyper-realistic paintings.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation

Image Copyright

(c) Robert Bechtle