I Could Have Followed That Path, I Suppose
“Whether it will make a difference for him as an artist at the end of the day, nobody knows.”
—Robert De Niro, Jr.
“What was going on in painting at that time, I did not agree with. I saw them all become famous and rich… I could have followed that path, I suppose. But it didn’t make any sense to me.” Robert De Niro, Sr. reflects on his choices as a painter in an archival interview, the camera close on his face, his teeth crooked and his hair disheveled.
For any artist, at any point in time, it’s difficult to “make sense” of art, whether their own or art conceived more broadly. De Niro’s effort here, in Remembering the Artist, Robert De