The present lot is exemplary of the hyper-realistic urban landscapes for which Richard Estes is best known. The monumental work measures roughly 3 feet by 6 feet and is the largest print by the artist. To arrive at the completed work, Estes created a maquette and worked closely with Edition Domberger throughout the printing process. In the end, the lifelike work eerily void of human presence, was created using 212 colors and more than 100 layers of ink.

Richard Estes working on D-Train in 1987. Image via Edition Domberger

Usually it's a pretty calculated, sustained, and slow process by which you develop something. The effect can be one of spontaneity, but that's part of the artistry.

Richard Estes

Richard Estes b. 1932

Considered one of the foremost Photorealist painters, the work of Richard Estes is greatly inspired by the paintings of Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper and Thomas Eakins. Despite their looser brush work, Estes' 1960s works featuring city life and people engaged in everyday activities laid the groundwork for extremely refined, masterfully detailed paintings of windowed storefronts and unassuming urban settings with an almost dreamlike atmosphere. Estes was born in Kewanee, Illinois in 1932, and raised in Chicago. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1952-1956, and moved to New York soon after. He worked as a graphic designer for a number of magazines and advertising agencies until 1966. Estes is the recipient of a National Council for the Arts fellowship and is a member of the National Academy of Design. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among others. He lives in New York and Maine.

Auction Results Richard Estes

RICHARD ESTES, Bus from Urban Landscapes III | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Bus from Urban Landscapes III
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $4,063

RICHARD ESTES, Salzburg Cathedral | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Salzburg Cathedral
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,125

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled (two works) | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled (two works)
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $1,750

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled (two works) | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled (two works)
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $625

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled (two works) | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled (two works)
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,375

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled
estimate: $700–900

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $715

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled (two works) | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled (two works)
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $1,250

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,125

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $585

RICHARD ESTES, Qualicraft Shoes | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Qualicraft Shoes
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $4,225

RICHARD ESTES, 4 1/2 % Interest (Urban Landscapes No. 2) | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

4 1/2 % Interest (Urban Landscapes No. 2)
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $1,536

RICHARD ESTES, The Ginger Man (Urban Landscapes No. 2) | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

The Ginger Man (Urban Landscapes No. 2)
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,816

RICHARD ESTES, Cafeteria from Radical Realism I | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Cafeteria from Radical Realism I
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $5,000

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled (two works) | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled (two works)
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,625

RICHARD ESTES, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Untitled
estimate: $700–900
result: $1,375

RICHARD ESTES, Qualicraft Shoes | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Qualicraft Shoes
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $3,640

RICHARD ESTES, Salzburg Cathedral | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Salzburg Cathedral
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,500

RICHARD ESTES, Salzburg Cathedral | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Salzburg Cathedral
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,375

RICHARD ESTES, Collection of seventy-seven works on paper | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

Collection of seventy-seven works on paper
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $5,625

RICHARD ESTES, D-Train | ragoarts.com

Richard Estes

D-Train
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $62,500