George Clair Tooker (1920-2011) | Magic Realism painter


George Clair Tooker, Jr., American painter🎨 (born Aug. 5, 1920, Brooklyn, N.Y. - died March 27, 2011, Hartland, Vt.), created luminous canvasses of social significance that echoed themes of love, death, grief, alienation, aging, isolation and faith.
Tooker’s egg-tempera paintings depicted eerie and haunting situations with mythic overtones. Some of his most chilling offerings include Children and Spastics (1946), sadists bullying three effeminate men; Subway (1950), harried commuters congregating with strangers; The Waiting Room (1957), seemingly catatonic patrons biding their time; and Landscape with Figures (1965-66), the heads of office workers bobbing above a maze of cubicles.



Though Tooker earned an A.B. (1942) from Harvard University, he became an art student of Reginald Marsh and was influenced by Paul Cadmus🎨 (who introduced him to the egg-tempera technique) and Jared French, among others.
Though Tooker’s narrative style fell out of favour in the late 1960s, his work enjoyed a resurgence in the early 21st century, with retrospectives held in 2008 by the National Academy Museum in New York City and in 2009 by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia.
In 2007 Tooker was the recipient of a National Medal🎨 of Arts. | © Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.


George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker Jr. (New York, 5 agosto 1920 - Hartland, 27 marzo 2011) è stato un pittore Statunitense🎨.
Le sue opere sono associate al realismo magico, al realismo sociale, al fotorealismo ed al surrealismo🎨.
I suoi soggetti sono rappresentati naturalmente come in una fotografia, ma le immagini si caratterizzano per la presenza di toni piatti, un punto di vista ambiguo e contrapposizioni allucinanti per suggerire una realtà immaginata o sognata.
Nel 1968 venne eletto alla National Academy of Design, e fu altresì membro dell'American Academy of Arts and Letters. Nel 2007 fu uno dei nove artisti a venire premiato con la National Medal🎨 of Arts.

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

George Clair Tooker 1920-2011 | American Magic Realist painter

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