B.J. Robinson (14793)

George Dureau

George Dureau possessed a singular ability to render the beauty of the human figure in compositions inspired by allegorical scenes from great paintings and sculpture in Western art. He regarded himself as a “Classical-Romantic,” composing his subjects with control and clear intention but then painting with passion and abandon. In the 1970s, he began photographing his models – most male, often nude, some with physical disabilities. In 2012, he received critical acclaim in the New York Times following the first New York exhibition of his photography. Critic Roberta Smith described the photographs as “wonderfully immediate and alive,” sharing “an emotional realism and a sense of intimacy between artist and sitter of the kind that also enriches the portrait paintings of Alice Neel.”