C. Ronald Bechtle, Puerta del Sol II
MediumWatercolor and collage
Credit LineGift of Reid and Dorothy Bechtle, 2020
Dimensions18 x 24 in.
In the early 1960s, Bechtle stopped painting in oil on canvas and began creating abstract compositions in watercolor, sometimes squirting or dripping ink as a starting point. He painted every day and produced hundreds of vibrant compositions like this one. Here the bright yellow reflects the “sun” in the title. The torn fragment of a review mentioning artist Kenneth Noland was apparently intentional, with Noland’s target paintings suggested by the circular forms.
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