Richard Maury - (b. 1935) is a mature painter who is considered to be an
important and continuing link in the rich tradition of American realism
the logical successor to John Singer Sargent and John Koch.
While still in his 20's, Maury chose to leave the United States and settle in Italy. Ever since, he has lived in Florence and has worked diligently in pursuit of his craft, creating paintings that are set in his old and picturesque living quarters. Like Vermeer, his attention to detail is breathtaking without becoming overworked and trite. His flowing, painterly technique depicts haunting light that drifts through halls and beats through windows to create airy atmospheres. The mundane is elevated to magnificence.
Richard Maury paints his environs with scrupulously direct observation.
His rooms are full of life's discards and endless intriguing objects.
In everyday life, these objects would be unseen in a Maury painting
the unseen is bared for all to see and treated with reverence. People
appear rarely and are assimilated as another beautifully rendered
texture plain, simple and resonating with radiance.