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The Flowers

Modern and Contemporary Art

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The Flowers

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Robert Vickrey
American, 1926–2011


ca. 1958


Tempera on panel

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6 1/8 x 24 1/8 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 301


Robert Vickrey was a proponent of the magical realist aesthetic in American art. He worked in the Renaissance tradition of egg tempera but abstracted and reinvented his surroundings to create complex, surreal scenes.

The Flowers is an example of Vickrey’s early work, which transformed ordinary suburban street scenes into moments of almost mystical clarity and an uncanny sense of the protagonist’s awareness. The influences of film noir and Expressionism are evident in Vickrey’s work—particularly in its provocative angles—and motivated him to create distinctly surrealist and American portraits.


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© Estate of Robert Vickrey/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York