• Robert Lostutter

    The Renaissance Society At The University Of Chicago

    Robert Lostutter’s figurative allegiance, impeccably finished surface, and surreal inflection qualify him as a certified Chicago imagist. But in this exhaustive survey of 224 watercolors his obsessional qualities—control of artifice and single-minded pursuit of subject matter—go beyond the local geographical imperative. Instead we have a realer-than-real depiction of fantastical birdmen, fetishes, and exotic icons drawn from a private dream of tristes tropiques.

    Some of the earliest watercolors are preparatory studies for paintings; others are framed to expose marginal notes and color samples

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