• Robert Lostutter
    Garden 3
    2016
    graphite on paper
    11 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Morning Garden
    2016
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 34 inches
    signed bottom right

  • Robert Lostutter
    Masdevallia
    2015
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    9 x 7 inches and 9 x 8 inches
    signed lower right

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden 1
    2015
    graphite on paper
    11 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
    signed lower right

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden 2
    2015
    graphite on paper
    11 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
    signed lower right

  • Robert Lostutter
    Twilight Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 18 inches
    signed bottom right

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 13
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 27 inches
    signed bottom right

  • Robert Lostutter
    Night Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 31 inches
    signed bottom right

  • Robert Lostutter
    Evening Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 35 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Midnight Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 11
    2014
    graphite on paper
    7 x 7 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 10
    2012
    watercolor on paper
    18 x 18 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 9
    2012
    watercolor on paper
    18 x 18 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 2
    2012
    watercolor on paper
    18 x 18 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 6
    2011
    watercolor on paper
    18 x 18 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Flemish Cloth
    2011
    watercolor on paper
    18 x 18 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 1
    2011
    watercolor on paper
    18 x 18 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 3
    2010
    graphite on paper
    10 x 10 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 7
    2011
    graphite on paper
    10 x 10 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 5
    2011
    graphite on paper
    10 x 10 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Orchidlip
    2007
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    4 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Lust
    2007
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1994
    watercolor and pencil on paper
    8 1/2 x 11 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1989
    watercolor and pencil on paper
    8 3/4 x 11 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    The Watch
    1987
    graphite on canvas
    17 3/4 x 51 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Fork-Tailed Woodnymph and Glow-Throated Hummingbird
    1983
    watercolor on paper
    6 x 15 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Stepdance 2
    1976
    watercolor on paper
    15 x 17 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    The Birds of Heaven (Masked Tityra)
    1975
    ink and graphite on paper
    4 x 4 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Map to the Morning Dance 3
    1973
    oil on canvas
    66 x 43 1/2 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1972
    oil on canvas
    60 x 49 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    How Much More Time?
    1972
    oil on canvas
    51 x 49 inches
    signed lower

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1971
    watercolor and graphite on Arches paper
    7 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1971
    watercolor on paper
    12 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1971
    watercolor on paper
    19 x 13 1/2 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1970
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    15 x 11 inches (sheet); 7 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches (image)

  • Robert Lostutter
    WH 50
    1969 - 70
    oil on canvas
    91 x 56 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1969
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    9 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches (sheet); 6 x 5 inches (image)

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1969
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    16 1/4 x 11 inches (sheet); 8 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches (image)

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1968
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    11 x 15 inches (sheet); 8 3/4 x 6 inches (image)

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    1968
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    10 1/8 x 13 1/8 inches (sheet); 9 x 9 1/4 inches (image)

  • Robert Lostutter
    Untitled
    c. 1968
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    5 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches (image size) 8 3/4 x 12 1/2 (paper size)

  • Robert Lostutter with Untitled (1969)

    Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago


BIO

b. 1939

Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Robert Lostutter is best known for his brightly colored paintings of mysterious male figures wearing elaborate feathered and flowered masks. However, in the late 1960s and early 1970s Lostutter produced a number of small watercolors and drawings of female subjects where he began to explore many of the elements seen in his later paintings. Inspired by Richard Lindner’s practice of taking trips to Bloomingdale’s and watching women self-consciously trying on clothes, the girls in these watercolors share both the fascination with costume that would come to characterize Lostutter’s later work, and the preoccupation with complicated undergarments held by many of his Imagist colleagues. In contrast to the overt imagery of the women and their clothing, Lostutter also introduces ambiguous surreal elements like a bizarre floating gloved hand, dancing zaps and splashes that are made three-dimensional, and strategically placed, exuberantly blooming flowers.

Lostutter often made these works on paper in preparation for larger paintings on canvas. Lostutter’s watercolors were the subject of a solo exhibition at the Renaissance Society in 1984 and his work has been included in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Terra Museum of American Art, and the Corcoran Gallery.