Robert Bechtle’s ‘61 Pontiac (1968–69) depicts the artist and his family in front of their car. From a distance, the painting is indistinguishable from a photo, but up close, you can discern its 3 separate panels and brushstrokes. The work is also suffused with the harsh glare of the California sun, which flattens its subjects into muted washes of color reminiscent of a faded photograph.

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