This movement started in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1950s and 1960s. The Bay Area figurative painters reacted against Abstract Expressionism, which was the prevailing style at the time.
The Bay Area figurative painters renewed interest in representational art and the human body. They wanted to return to painting what they could see.
Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, and Henrietta Berk are among the most famous Bay Area figurative artists.
Image: Wayne Thiebuad, Woman in Tub (1965). Oil on canvas. 35 3/4 by 60 in. 90.8 x 152.4 cm.