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|GREAT WELLIVER'S ARE HARD TO FIND
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Curator's Comment: Neil Welliver (1929-2005) is the next thing in the great
American landscape tradition! In his words, in his landscapes "a flattening of space
transcends the distinction between representation and abstraction. I would call them
presentations of nature rather than re-presentations," Welliver said. What are we
seeing here, a massive stump, the cabin he built with wood from the fallen tree, more
important the process by which one became the other? Welliver's fascination is with
the life left in dead things. "I am presenting something. I consider myself part of
nature. I am not Homo Sapiens, lying back, looking at nature. I feel totally at home in
the woods, and I have a gut understanding that I'm part of it." Deep in the Woods
was painted at Welliver's cabin in the Allagash wilderness along Maine's northernmost
border with Canada. It shows us why Poet Laureate Mark Strand, called Welliver 'the
finest landscape painter America has produced in the current century."
Art historian Frank H. Goodyear, Jr. writes that 'America has not seen a native
landscape painter of the genius of Neil Welliver since Frederic Church. After
teaching at Yale University for ten years, Welliver continued at the Univ. of
Pennsylvania. His work hangs in the permanent collections of New York's
Metropolitan Museum, MOMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among
others. He has been the subject of over seventy one-person exhibitions. We have
been after a Welliver oil for years, ever since his major National Academy of Design
exhibition. But while his world-class prints are famous, his oils are hard to find. And
when you do find one, it's likely to be one of the sixteen footers he showed at the
NAD, which had to be lowered through a hole cut in the roof, as we were told by the
then curator. Only a very few were done in the 12-14 inch range. Lastly, Welliver
rarely signed these small pieces in the paint. So small, signed Welliver oils are quite
rare and expensive, but you can buy this one for under $20,000! It's an oil on
canvas, measuring 12" by 12" in a new reproduction frame that throws a lot of light
into what Welliver called "Deep in the Woods," the place his tragic life led him to.
|WELLIVER IS THE NEXT AND NEWEST PAINTER
OF THE GREAT AMERICAN LANDSCAPE!
AFTER 2020 HIS TOP PRICE WENT OVER $80,000!
life in death