Eric Fischl

BIOGRAPHY

1948-

Eric Fischl is perhaps America’s foremost painter.  His subjects — realistic nudes, populated landscapes and interiors — provide a significant gloss to our own experience.  Peter Schjeldahl speaks of Fischl’s “intimacy and immediacy,” relating his significance as “the first great painter of the U.S. in national decline.”  His work has been exhibited in innumerable institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Stedelijk Museum.  Described as a neo-expressionist, Fischl says, “Central to my work is the feeling of awkwardness and self-consciousness ... in the face of profound emotional events.”  Countless permanent collections include his work, such as the Broad Art Foundation, the Walker Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art.