Robert Vickrey (American 1926-2011)

Robert Vickrey is an American artist whose often unnerving depictions of shadow-streaked streets populated by nuns, clowns or children at play made him a leading figure of the magic realism school.  He mastered the Renaissance technique of egg tempera painting as a student at Yale and used his consummate skill to create his own style.  He was an avantgarde filmmaker on the side, with a deep knowledge of expressionism and film noir, whose shadows, angles and distortions he introduced into his paintings.

Vickrey was included in no fewer than nine (9) of the Whitney Museum’s annual exhibitions showcasing contemporary art.  He was commissioned to paint dozens of portraits for Time Magazine, notable a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. for the magazine’s Man of the Year issue in 1964.  His mastery of egg tempera painting sets him apart from other artists of his time.

Robert Vickrey received his B.A. from Yale University and the Yale School of Fine Arts, and also attended The Art Student’s league.  His work is in numerous museums including The National Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian, The National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Museum, The Chrysler Museum and the Corcoran Collection.


19th, 20th & 21st Century American Paintings