Dream Games: The Art of Robert Schwartz

  • Robert Schwartz, This Thicket, 1999. Oil on panel; 13 ½ x 14 in.; Collection of Randall and Betsy Baum.

  • Robert Schwartz, Serenade (II), 1993. Gouache on paper; 7 ½ x 8 ½ in.; Private Collection, courtesy of Hackett-Freedman Gallery.

  • Robert Schwartz, Painted on a Leaf, 1999. Gouache on paper; 4 ¼ x 5 in.; Collection of Ann and Randy Broman.

  • Robert Schwartz, The Long Complaint (Fishing), 2000. Oil on panel; 9 x 8 in.; Collection of Deborah and Andy Rappaport.

  • A writer is in his high rise apartment sits at a desk filled with books on the tables and floor. A boy stands behind him holding papers. The writer is in his chair looking away from the boy.

    Robert Schwartz, A Narrow Way, 1999. Oil on panel; 9 ¾ x 7 in.; Private Collection.

    Schwartz (1947-2000) created meticulously crafted oil paintings and gouaches featuring enigmatic, dreamlike narratives, which are often no larger than eight inches square. This exhibition focused primarily on Schwartz’s later works.

    The San Jose Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges the Rudolph W. Driscoll Trust as lead sponsor, and the Koret Foundation, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary, as sponsor of this exhibition and catalogue.