(from Men in the Cities) - Original lithograph on Arches paper - Signed in pencil, and dated and numbered - 40 x 26 in. (101.6 x 66 cm.), unframed - Edition of 48 - Published by Seibu Department Stores, Tokyo
Robert Longo is an American painter and sculptor who gained attention with his "Men In the Cities" featuring sharply dressed men and women with distorted emotions. Robert studied sculpture, but preferred to draw; however, his drawings had a "sculpted" look to them. The drawings he created had a chiseled line that was very distinctive and gave his work a three dimensional quality. When sculpting, Robert Longo used graphite clay and molded figures that appeared to be writhing and dancing. For his, "Men In the Cities" Robert used photographed images of his friends posed like; collapsing forward, lurching backward or sprawled on an invisible pavement. Robert Longo took the photos and enlarged them through a projector and then drew them from sizes three-quarter to life size. It was a signature for Robert to dramatize the pose of his characters and dress them in formal black and white attire. Robert Longo also created his Barbara and Ralph through projected photographs he put to paper and traced the figures with graphite. He removed all details from the background, and after his illustrator filled in details, he went back to the figures to add cosmetic work details. He worked on adjustments to this piece for more than a week. This art piece was featured in the magazine, Man of the World along with an piece discussing his life and career. Robert was also highlighted in, The Lexander Magazine in 2013 where they reviewed his art work for 1982-1983. Less
Robert Longo is an American painter and sculptor who gained attention with his "Men In the Cities" featuring sharply dressed men and women with distorted emotions. Robert studied sculpture, but preferred to draw; however, his drawings had a "sculpted More
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