Saturday, May 31, 2014


Robert Bauer, born in 1942, originally from Williamsburg, Iowa, lived in Middle Amana for a few years in the late 70's to mid 80's. He is a master painter, now living in Rhode Island and represented exclusively by the Forum Gallery in NYC since 1990. He studied at the Pennsylvania academy of fine arts, over the years winning numerous awards including a National endowment for the Arts fellowship, showing in many galleries and art shows. Mr. Bauer has a great eye for detail to create highly intimate, personal portraits, as he does mostly now. I was fortunate to have my wedding portrait painted in 1976, a creative and learning experience. His unbelievable skill makes his paintings look like a photograph. Usually small in size, Bauer paintings are in oil, acrylic and watercolor. His portraits are mainly in oil as is mine and my husband's. His landscapes are painted in a manner and look of a Victorian, English landscape. He once told me he liked the layering of the receding lands in the backgrounds, creating depth. His eye for detail, gift of precision, and realistic painting style make him one of the best regionalist and portrait painters I have seen and known. As a teacher and artist, Bauer influenced and inspired many past and current local painters to reach their potential in his short time in Amana. Enjoy photos of my collection of his work!

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