John Kacere

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John Kacere
John C. Kacere

(1920-06-23)23 June 1920
Died5 August 1999(1999-08-05) (aged 79)
EducationM.F.A., University of Iowa
Known forPainting
Patron(s)Louis K. Meisel

John C. Kacere (23 June 1920 – 5 August 1999) was an American artist. Originally an abstract expressionist, Kacere adopted a photorealist style in 1963.[1] Nearly all of his photorealist paintings depict the midsection of the female body. He is considered one of the original photorealists,[2] although he rejected the term.

Kacere painted his first photorealist painting in 1969 involving the midsection of a woman dressed in lingerie. It was over three times life size.[3] Kacere continued this type of painting throughout the rest of his career, making it an icon of the photorealism movement.[4] In the early 1980s, Kacere branched away from this theme and included the entire body of a woman in lingerie, but returned to his original midsection of the female body in 1988.[3] Kacere's paintings are figurative but can be considered still lifes or even landscapes.[4]


  1. ^ Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York. 1980.
  2. ^ Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publisher, Inc., 1980, pp. 458-465.
  3. ^ a b Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism Since 1980, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1993, p. 249
  4. ^ a b Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism at the Millennium, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2003, p. 155

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