Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

Synopsis: Robert De Niro, Sr., was a celebrated painter obscured by the pop-art movement. His life and career are chronicled in the artist's own words by his contemporaries and, movingly, by his son, the actor Robert De Niro.
Production: HBO Documentary
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IMDB:
6.5
Year:
2014
40 min
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He was the real thing...

my father.

I see his work, I see

how dedicated he was.

He was, to me,

a great artist.

But you can't--you can

never impose that on people.

They have to make

their own decisions.

The thought of what

he's done, all his work,

I can't not but make sure that

it's held up and remembered...

so I just want to see him

get his due.

That's my responsibility.

And he used to always say that

artists are always recognized

after they're long gone.

Part of recognition

is, is luck.

You have no control

over those things,

and so if that's what's

going to happen

then your time, hopefully,

will come later,

and we don't even

know if then.

De NIRO:
My father created

all this beautiful artwork.

I only have his stuff.

My mother's--

some of my mother's.

We had a good relationship.

He was very affectionate.

He was paternal.

He just didn't know certain

things as a father, what to do,

but he was a very

loving father.

I respected him a great deal

and knew his art was special.

He started at 5 years old.

He was very young.

He felt he was different,

and he was different,

not only as an artist,

for other reasons.

He was not conventional.

He was from a small town.

And he probably felt

a certain amount of

rejection from his father.

My grandfather was

classic, old-style,

kind of like, you know...

Italian American,

just, you know...

I just think he didn't

understand my father.

De NIRO, SR., VOICE-OVER:

I wanted to be an artist since

the time I was in Kindergarten.

There was nobody

I could practically

talk to about painting.

I was very unhappy.

I went everyday and painted,

but I was miserable there,

had no friends.

Then I heard of Hofmann.

I decided to try him, and I

went to him the next summer.

And then it was quite different

because I was enthusiastic,

and I met people

that I thought like,

and it was a whole--

another world.

Prior to the Second World War,

the art scene

was all about Europe.

The surrealists were in Paris,

the Bauhaus was in Germany.

With the Second World War,

an interesting shift

came about here in

the United States,

especially in New York.

You had artists fleeing Europe

to come to New York for safety

and setting up schools.

And American artists are,

for the first time,

really having some

hands-on experience

with the most avant-garde

trends in painting

and architecture and design.

MAN:
Hofmann

came from Germany

and set up a school

which then went on

for a very, very,

very long time.

And if you take all of the

Hofmann students, I mean,

it's an enormously long

and distinguished list.

Many, many, many really

first-rate artists

were his students or

proteges, in some cases.

MAN:
It was 1942, and there were

4 or 5 of us in that class

with Hans Hofmann.

Not only Bob, but

Virginia, his wife.

Hofmann, when he'd look

at the work, he did say

that his two best students--

and he had so many famous

artists as students--

that Bob and Virginia were the

best students he ever had.

Big compliment.

Bob and Virginia

met at Hofmann's.

Virginia was very impressed

with Bob's work.

And so, they hit it off.

I think he was handsome

'cause he was a little taller.

He had really blond hair

for a long time.

MAN:
And they had gotten

married and Bobby was a baby.

He was a baby on the floor.

And she's a very good

painter, Virginia Admiral--

vivacious, good-looking,

very good to Bobby,

and excellent person.

Virginia was the first one who

made it big when we got out.

She had a great exhibition

at a big gallery

called Art of This Century.

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