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Robert Weaver Collection

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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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, circa 1950-1980 | MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Weaver Collection, circa 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


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[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 1: Original Art: graphite on paperAdd to your cart.

Includes single and double-sided graphite sketches, the majority on sketchbook pages previous removed from spiral sketchpads by Robert Weaver. Two sets of materials organized by Robert Weaver are included in this series: one untitled sketchbook (red marbled paper cover) and one sketchbook titled "Spring Training."

Double-sided images are indicated with the notation "image on verso and recto."

Note: (Personal and Commercial works.)
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Portrait of student in cap and gownAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Man with Henry George portrait and "Single Tax" bookAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Portrait of manAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: "9th Avenue in the 1930's" / "Hoboken N.J. Parade"Add to your cart.
Note: Images on verso and recto.
Item 2: Storage room with crates / rough sketchAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Four men talking / man smokingAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Man with tankAdd to your cart.
Note: Images on verso and recto.
Item 2: Alley with garbage cansAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Portrait of manAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Two men on streetAdd to your cart.
Item 2: HandsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Police truckAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Police at deskAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Police with manAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: African American man seatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Two African American menAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Profile of two African American menAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Man holding "KKK Wallace for President" signAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Men writing at tableAdd to your cart.
Item 2: "I've Got a Secret" / Man at barAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Police searching African American manAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Man in front of barricade reading "Police Line Do Not Cross"Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Figure at tableAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Artist drawing portraitAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Arcade gameAdd to your cart.
Item 4: "Lower East Side" / African American man at microphoneAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Vendor selling crabsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: CBS StudiosAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Woman seatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Lower half of two men standing on protest sign in front of police lineAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: African American men in lineAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Man reading bookAdd to your cart.
Item 3: African American man seated, leaningAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Artist at drawing boardAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: African American man readingAdd to your cart.
Item 2: "Fulton St, Brookyln"Add to your cart.
Item 3: Man with childrenAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Child on swing, seen through fenceAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Man yelling / police truckAdd to your cart.
Item 2: African American man in fighting stanceAdd to your cart.
Item 3: African American man seatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Police searching African American manAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Police station, summonses counterAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: 1920's automobileAdd to your cart.
Item 2: "Arresting officer"Add to your cart.
Item 3: One man in profile, one from behindAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Five men in suitsAdd to your cart.
Item 5: PoliceAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Hoaron High School" boy reading at deskAdd to your cart.
Item 2: "Remedial Reading Class" boy at deskAdd to your cart.
Item 3: "Birthplace of Babe Ruth, Balt" city streetAdd to your cart.
Item 4: African American woman holding protest signAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Police truckAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Director's chair marked "Jackie Cooper"Add to your cart.
Item 3: Children on playgroundAdd to your cart.
Item 4: "SF 66" Guard grabbing African American man by shoulderAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: Men watching circus elephantAdd to your cart.
Item 2: African American boy in fighting stanceAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Two workers sawing woodAdd to your cart.
Item 4: VotingAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: Construction worker on streetAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Man in workshop with toolsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: "Music teacher" African American man with music lessons on chalkboardAdd to your cart.
Item 4: African American man holding "Think!" signAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Man painting houseAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: Man in wheelchairAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pages and original binderAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pagesAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spring training sketchbook pages and original sketchbookAdd to your cart.
Note: Some images on verso and recto.
Item 1: Woman seatedAdd to your cart.

Framed 16 x 24.25

Located on open shelf 16-04


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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