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05/09/12

✿ Richard MAURY ✿















Richard Maury  is a mature painter who is considered to be an important and continuing link in the rich tradition of American realism — the logical successor to John Singer Sargent and John Koch.
Richard Maury was born in Washington, DC, he attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, the Art Student's League of New York City, and L'Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy.  Maury paintings are in the collections of the American Express Company; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT; and the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.
While still in his 20's, Maury chose to leave the United States and settle in Italy. Ever since, he has lived in Florence and has worked diligently in pursuit of his craft, creating paintings that are set in his old and picturesque living quarters. Like Vermeer, his attention to detail is breathtaking without becoming overworked and trite. His flowing, painterly technique depicts haunting light that drifts through halls and beats through windows to create airy atmospheres. The mundane is elevated to magnificence.
Richard Maury paints his environs with scrupulously direct observation. His rooms are full of life's discards and endless intriguing objects. In everyday life, these objects would be unseen — in a Maury painting the unseen is bared for all to see and treated with reverence. People appear rarely and are assimilated as another beautifully rendered texture — plain, simple and resonating with radiance.

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