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American artist, John Baeder is one of the best known of the Photorealists.
His most characteristic paintings and prints depict roadside diners that seem to capture the spirit of America.
This popular artist was born in South Bend, Indiana, in 1938, and studied at Auburn University in Alabama.
As GERRIT HENRY commented in his book "Super Realism: A Critical Anthology" (Dutton 1975); "In Photo-Realism, reality is made to look so overpoweringly real as to make it pure illusion: through the basically magical means of point-for-point precisionist rendering the actual is portrayed as being so real that it doesn't exist. What does exist off the canvas is the mind, which conceived of the idea of the painting of a photograph of reality, in all its intrinsic implausibility. Whereas classical painters through the ages have idealized reality itself, the "classical" New Realists have totally devalued reality in order vastly to overvalue (in other words, completely abstract) the human brain. Photo-Realism is basically not realism at all. More correctly, it is the plastic offshoot of today's conceptual arts."
Amongst the various collections holding his art are:
Seavest Collection of Contemporary American Realismom