Richard Segalman (b. 1934, Brooklyn, NY) began his career in the early 1960s working with watercolors and oils, although he is best known for his monotypes that depict unidentifiable women within a soft color palette. His compositions illustrate two or three people engaged in a moment of emotional significance, usually in a domestic setting or beach scene. While the faces of his characters are nondescript, Segalman allows their clothing and physical positions to communicate their feelings and relationships.
The expressionless faces and pastel palette employed by Segalman naturally draw comparisons with the works of the Impressionists, though his obvious relationship with his models adds a personal element that Impressionism lacks. More than anything else, Segalman has found a way to capture the true beauty of a contemplative moment shared by two people in an intimate environment.
Richard Segalman’s works are part of major collections such as: Bass Museum, Miami; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; St. Louis Art Museum; and Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton.