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Robert Weaver Collection (MGHL00003)

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Scope and Contents

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Original Art: graphite on paper

Original Art: graphite on board

Original Art: collage binders

Original Art: paintings on paper

Original Art: paintings on board

Original Art: paintings on canvas

Original Art: pastels on paper and board

Original Art: mixed media

Original Art: shadow box collages

Published Materials: tearsheets

Published Materials: other material types

Published Materials: projects

Personal Papers and works by other artists



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Robert Weaver Collection (MGHL00003), ca. 1950-1980 | MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Weaver Collection (MGHL00003), ca. 1950-1980Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: MGHL/mghl00003

Primary Creator: Robert Weaver

Extent: 80.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Items are arranged by art medium and material type.

The collection is divided into 13 series as follows:

Series 1: Original Art: graphite on paper

Series 2: Original Art: graphite on board

Series 3: Original Art: collage binders

Series 4: Original Art: paintings on paper

Series 5: Original Art: paintings on board

Series 6: Original Art: paintings on canvas

Series 7: Original Art: pastels on paper and board

Series 8: Original Art: mixed media

Series 9: Original Art: shadow box collages

Series 10: Published Materials: tear sheets

Series 11: Published Materials: other material types

Series 12: Published Materials: projects

Series 13: Personal Papers

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Magazine illustration--20th century, Weaver, Robert, 1924-

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes original artwork in various formats and published material by Robert Weaver mainly dating between the 1950s and the 1970s.

Collection Historical Note

Beginning in the 1950s, Robert Weaver epitomized a socially engaged approach to commercial illustration, drawing the human drama from the immediacy of life. By integrating formal and conceptual currents from fine art practices, he altered the practice’s methodologies thus dramatically expanding its possibilities.

Weaver was born in 1924, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Carnegie Institute, the Art Student’s League in New York, and the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice. He began his career in New York in 1952 and over the next three decades, his work appeared in Esquire, Fortune, Life, Look, Playboy, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated, and TV Guide, among many other publications. Weaver’s emphasis on expressionistic, bravura paint-handling wed with unstable narrative content moved the goals of illustration away from depicting an expected point of heightened drama, “to violate the sense of natural relationships,” as he put it. His was an art that flaunted subjectivity, a “visual journalism” truer to life than the compositional niceties and slick brushwork of the generation preceding.

With his bold line always dominant, and a focus on the lively urban landscape, Weaver left the process visible, reflecting his commitment to manifesting on the page the changing cultural climate. He stressed the importance of drawing life, from life, guided by a precisely rendered political conscience and incorporating collage elements that literally brought the physical world into his charged psychological space. Crucially, by fragmenting the image area he introduced multiple viewpoints and jagged sequential narrative into a traditionally fixed point of view, representing a cerebral approach to an illustration world in flux.

In addition to his magazine work, Weaver illustrated numerous books and record industry advertising campaigns. He was the recipient of numerous awards from The Society of Illustrators, which elected him into their Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Art Director’s Clubs of New York and Philadelphia. His work was the subject of the posthumous retrospective, “Seeing is Not Believing: The Art of Robert Weaver” at the Norman Rockwell Museum in 1997.

Weaver was a visiting faculty member at Syracuse University and taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York for more than thirty years, co-creating their Illustration as Visual Essay program. His teaching legacy was such that a 1997 issue of Drawing SVA was devoted to his memory, giving his former students the opportunity to reflect on his profound influence as an educator.

Sources

“Pioneers: Robert Weaver.” Communication Arts, May/June (2000): 106–9.

Reed, Walt. “Robert Weaver.” In The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000, 363. New York: The Society of Illustrators, 2001.

Subject/Index Terms

Magazine illustration--20th century
Weaver, Robert, 1924-

Administrative Information

Repository: MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

Accruals: Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to access.

Use Restrictions:

Some restrictions, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu.

Users of the collection must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent to publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: The collection was donated to University Archives by Robert Weaver's daughter Antonia Weaver Pelaez and by his brothers Daniel Weaver and Fritz Weaver in 2004 and 2007. It was later transferred to the Modern Graphic History Library.

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff 2005, October 2007, and 2008. Item-level inventory was added by Jolie Braun in May 2012.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Jolie Braun in July 2012.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Original Art: graphite on paper],
[Series 2: Original Art: graphite on board],
[Series 3: Original Art: collage binders],
[Series 4: Original Art: paintings on paper],
[Series 5: Original Art: paintings on board],
[Series 6: Original Art: paintings on canvas],
[Series 7: Original Art: pastels on paper and board],
[Series 8: Original Art: mixed media],
[Series 9: Original Art: shadow box collages],
[Series 10: Published Materials: tearsheets],
[Series 11: Published Materials: other material types],
[Series 12: Published Materials: projects],
[Series 13: Personal Papers and works by other artists],
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Series 6: Original Art: paintings on canvasAdd to your cart.
This series includes various types of paint materials. Some have small amounts of mixed media.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Three Images: Man's face, man's body, man recliningAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Trapeze ArtistsAdd to your cart.
Framed 26 x 17
Item 2: St. Valentine's Day MassacreAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Picasso image, early modern man, clock, etc.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Oil on canvas, 24x50 inches

Framed

Item 5: Variety Photo Plays sign, man in hospital bed, Dodgers pennantAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

Oil on canvas, 24x50 inches

Framed

Item 6: Globe Hotel sign, fish, umbrella, etc.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Oil on canvas, 24x50

Framed


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Original Art: graphite on paper],
[Series 2: Original Art: graphite on board],
[Series 3: Original Art: collage binders],
[Series 4: Original Art: paintings on paper],
[Series 5: Original Art: paintings on board],
[Series 6: Original Art: paintings on canvas],
[Series 7: Original Art: pastels on paper and board],
[Series 8: Original Art: mixed media],
[Series 9: Original Art: shadow box collages],
[Series 10: Published Materials: tearsheets],
[Series 11: Published Materials: other material types],
[Series 12: Published Materials: projects],
[Series 13: Personal Papers and works by other artists],
[All]


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