Robert Breer

Cinematographer, Film director

1926 – 2011

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Who was Robert Breer?

Robert Carlton Breer was an experimental filmmaker, painter, and sculptor.

"A founding member of the American avant-garde," Breer was most well known for his films, which combine abstract and representational painting, hand-drawn rotoscoping, original 16mm and 8mm film footage, photographs, and other materials. His aesthetic philosophy and technique were influenced by an earlier generation of abstract filmmakers that included Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling, Walter Ruttmann, and Fernand Léger, whose work he discovered while living in Europe. Breer was also influenced by the concept of Neo-plasticism as described by Piet Mondrian and Vasarely.

After experimenting with cartoon animation as a child, he started making his first abstract experimental films while living in Paris from 1949 to 1959, a period during which he also showed paintings and kinetic sculptures at galleries such as the renowned Galerie Denise René.

Breer explained some of the reasons behind his move from painting to filmmaking in a 1976 interview:

This was 1950 or '51...

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Born
Sep 30, 1926
Detroit
Also known as
  • Robert Carlton Breer
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Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor's degree, Stanford University
    Art
    ( - 1949)
Lived in
  • Tucson
    ( - 2011/08/11)
Died
Aug 11, 2011
Tucson

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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