Lot 108
  • 108

Robert Longo

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 EUR
Sold
62,500 EUR
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Description

  • Robert Longo
  • Study of cowboy rising
  • signed, titled and dated 2012
  • charcoal on vellum

Provenance

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Acquired from the above by the current owner

Catalogue Note

Fig. 1
Robert Longo in his Manhattan Studio © Erica Gannett

Robert Longo is unquestionably one of the most talented draughtsmen of our times. His works, on the borderline between photography, film and painting, create a sense of hyperrealism that is as troubling as it is enthralling. Internationally recognised since Men in the Cities; a series begun at the end of the 1970s and inspired by the film by the German producer Rainer Fassbinder The American Soldier, Robert Longo’s work has for the past thirty years focused on the architypes of contemporary, violent, urban, veneered and glamorous society.

 

Depicting bucolic scenes emblematic of American culture or universal landscapes, the artist produces images in which the marvellous rubs shoulders with the terrible, beauty with the destructive forces of both man and nature.

 

All the works presented here reveal the artist’s precise line and his interest in notions of emptiness and volume which haunts his work. His subjects are transcended by the detail of his pencil drawings, as Robert Longo questions not only the cycle of life but also our physical and emotional powerlessness in face of the immensity of the universe. Majestic. 

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