This month, the short documentary “Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro Sr.” premiered on HBO, paying tribute to the life of the abstract expressionist painter and father of the Academy Award-winning actor, Robert De Niro.
De Niro Sr.’s oil painting, “Still Life with Yellow Chair” (1979) is part of the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Kathryn Vaughn, visual arts curator, notes that De Niro Sr. was an interesting part of the New York School of post-war American artists.
“Rather than working in pure abstract as did artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, De Niro blended an abstract expressionist style with traditional subject matter. ‘Still Life with Yellow Chair’ shows a relationship to the work of Henri Matisse in its use of color and shape. De Niro trained with Josef Albers who spent his life studying color relationships and it is easy to see his influence on the color in this painting. We are honored to have one of De Niro’s paintings in our collection and we treasure it,” Vaughn says.
The documentary coincides with a showing at the DC Moore Gallery in New York, exhibited now through July 11 and features work from throughout De Niro’s career.
The photo above features Robert De Niro Sr.’s painting “Still Life with Yellow Chair” from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.