Robert Vickrey

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Robert Remsen Vickrey (August 26, 1926 – April 17, 2011)[1] was a Massachusetts-based artist and author who specialized in the ancient medium of egg tempera. His paintings are surreal dreamlike visions of sunset shadows of bicycles, nuns in front of mural-painted brick walls, and children playing.

Born in Manhattan in 1926, Robert Vickrey graduated from the Pomfret School, then studied at Wesleyan University, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1947 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1950.[2] He was one of the illustrators of Time covers during the period from 1942 to 1966, which has been called the golden age of Time covers. Other cover artists during this period included Boris Artzybasheff, James Ormsbee Chapin, Bernard Safran and Boris Chaliapin.[3]

His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro.

Vickrey received the Gerard Manley Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Arts from Fairfield University and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in March 2009 where a retrospective exhibition of Vickrey's paintings from 1951-2007 was held at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery. The award and exhibition coincided with the publication of "Robert Vickrey: The Magic of Realism," written by Dr. Philip Eliasoph, a Fairfield University professor of art history.[4] Vickrey died in Naples, Florida on April 17, 2011. He was 84.


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