Surrealism, Magic Realism & Inspired Works

July 21 - September 23, 2016

Michael Bergt (b. 1956)

Slippin’ N’ Slidin’, 1990

egg tempera on panel

16 x 20 inches

Michael Bergt (b. 1956)

Pegged, 1990

egg tempera on gesso panel

13 ¾ x 17 ¾ inches

Eugene Berman (1899-1972)

New York, 1936

oil on canvas

32 x 21 ¼ inches

Virginia Berresford (1904-1995)

Circus, circa 1930-1940

oil on canvas

24 ¼ x 30 1/8 inches

Eugene Berman (1899-1972)

Rochers Du Val d’Enfer,  1933

oil on canvas

24 x 19 inches

Aaron Bohrod (1907-1992)

Abandonment, 1963

casein on paper

14 ½ x 19 ¼ inches

Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967)  

Bee Hepaticas, circa 1962                                                                              

watercolor, charcoal, and chalk on paper

38 x 29 inches 

Clarence Holbrook Carter (1904-2000)

Mary Anne Moore, 1932

oil on canvas

17 x 15 inches

Brian Connelly (1926-1963)

A Night Garden, 1955

oil on panel

18 x 30 inches

Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942)

The Enchanted Shore, 1895

oil on canvas

17 7/8 x 32 inches

Arthur Bowen Davies (1862-1928)

Shining Oceansides, 1910

oil on canvas

24 ¾ x 19 ½ inches

John D. Graham (1881-1961)

Untitled (Head of Medusa), circa 1950s

oil crayon and charcoal on tracing paper

10 x 9 ½ inches 

O. Louis Guglielmi (1906-1956)

Elements of the Street, 1947

oil on canvas

36 x 28 1/8 inches

James Guy (1909-1983)

Escape, 1938

oil on masonite

16 x 20 inches

James Guy (1909-1983)

Intellectual Merry-Go-Round, 1940

oil on canvas

18 x 14 inches

Alex Katz (b. 1927)

Study for ‘Smile Again’, circa 1964

oil on masonite

15 7/8 x 20 inches

John Mottram (1903-1956)

The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness, circa 1930s-early 1940s

oil on canvas

30 x 23 ¾ inches

Walter Murch (1907-1967)

Glass, 1954

oil on canvasboard

18 x 18 inches

Walter Murch (1907-1967)

Study for Octahedron

mixed media on artist’s board

20 ¾ x 15 ¼ inches

Priscilla Warren Roberts (1916-2001)

China Doll, circa 1960s

oil on masonite

11 ½ x 12 inches

Priscilla Warren Roberts (1916-2001)

The Race, circa 1960s

oil on masonite

11 ¾ x 16 inches

Ethel Schwabacher (1903-1984)

Surrealist Composition, 1935

oil and collage on canvas

12 x 9 inches

Robert Vickrey (1926-2011)                        

Casement Window Patterns, circa 1965-1970

egg tempera on masonite

16 ½ x 12 inches

Robert Vickrey (1926-2011)                        

Frisbee Thrower, circa 1965-70

egg tempera on masonite

10 x 14 inches

Robert Vickrey (1926-2011)

Interlude, circa 1976

egg tempera on board

18 x 24 inches

Vaclav Vytlacil (1892-1984)

Landscape with Houses and Trees, circa 1924

oil on canvas

23 ¾ x 31 ¾ inches

Press Release

Debra Force Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition exploring the artistic movements of Surrealism, Magic Realism and works by other twentieth-century American artists who took inspiration from these movements.


O. Louis Guglielmi creates a Surrealist scene incorporating exaggerated architectural elements and a bizarre figure emerging from the street, while Eugene Berman shows a solitary figure dwarfed by a landscape filled with ruins. James Guy’s densely packed paintings explore social issues and isolation in the 1930s, while a work from the same period by Ethel Schwabacher draws on the artist’s interest in psychoanalysis to create a composition including images drawn from her unconscious. California artist John Mottram focusses on a blue rose floating in a dramatic sky, while Brian Connelly’s night garden scene includes the artist’s self-portrait in the reflection of a silver globe.   


Magic Realist artists Paul Cadmus, George Tooker, and Robert Vickrey use figures as their dominate theme, incorporating a sense of alienation and mystery in egg tempera paintings common among artists of this genre. Cadmus’ dedication to the precise draftsmanship of the human form contrasts with the modeled forms and mask-like faces of those found in Tooker’s work. In Vickrey’s paintings a solitary figure, often a child or a nun, is shown against a barren wall or street filled with geometric patterns. A young Michael Bergt greatly admired the work of Paul Cadmus and the two exhibited together at the Midtown Gallery in New York City.


Other artists in the exhibition include Virginia Berresford, Aaron Bohrod, Charles Burchfield, Clarence Holbrook Carter, John D. Graham, Walter Murch, Priscilla Roberts, and John Wilde, among others.