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Robert De Niro, Sr.
of pigment, always searching for the perfect colors and rarely satisfied.

De Niro Sr.’s first solo exhibition was held at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of this Century, New York, in 1946, when he was twenty-four years old. He exhibited frequently throughout the 1950s at the Charles Egan Gallery, where his work hung alongside de Kooning, Kline, and Guston.

In the early 1960s, De Niro Sr, looking for fresh inspiration, abandoned New York for Paris. As his work continued to evolve and mature, he sold fifty oil paintings and works on paper to the collector Joseph Hirshhorn, and received much critical praise, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968.

The political and cultural climate began to change in the mid-60s, however, and Pop Art eclipsed many artists working in a more traditional vein. Though the mainstream success of his (continued)

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“There is no difference between one side of the border and the other.”
-Robert De Niro, Sr. from his poem, Spain is Behind the Mountain
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