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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 8: Original Art: mixed mediaAdd to your cart.
This series includes items with pastel, paint, graphite, and / or other art materials on board and paper.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Silhouette of artist at easelAdd to your cart.
Item 2: People sitting on porchAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: AirplanesAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Harry Truman in uniform / White HouseAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Letter folded, woman, figure readingAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Cartoon image of man smilingAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Rioters / Uncle Sam / downtown of cityAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Ryan's Bar / bridgeAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Woman / person drawing window shadeAdd to your cart.
Item 4: DancersAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: People on the phone, a bag of moneyAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Black and gray abstractAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Four images of man in hospital bedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Six full-length portraits of men and womenAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Man's face, obscured by paper figuresAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Man repairing machineAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Eyes of a statue / skeleton in uniformAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Circus poster on chairAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Red and blue abstractAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Man's reflection in carAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: African American men shooting guns in front of funeral homeAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Room interior in red, figures seen through windowAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Room interior in gray, figures seen through windowAdd to your cart.
Item 4: African American man yelling, running through woodsAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Police throwing / man bent overAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Target practice / cadaverAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Man with hands folded, theaterAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Room interior, headless man, artist painting portraitAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Three anatomical men in suitsAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Two men and boy, small image of man behind barsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Winston ChurchillAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Two men in flood waterAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Newspaper image of older couple against blue skyAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Men around table / woman swimming nudeAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Color portrait of two men, faces obscuredAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Black and white portrait of two men, faces obscuredAdd to your cart.
Item 4: African American children looking at African art in museumAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hitler, protestors, mediaAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Stalin and HitlerAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Bust of judgeAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Man with map of Europe, London in backgroundAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Collage of soldierAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Josephy McCarthyAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Various objects floating in front of door: apple, Coke bottle, etc.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Man in suit with skeleton faceAdd to your cart.
Item 4: 19th century man's face in pieces, man and woman in backgroundAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: Priests in courtyard with Mary statueAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Collage of woman (cardboard)Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: Man with chart, face obscured by shipAdd to your cart.
Item 2: "1783: The Unseen Eye is Watching You"Add to your cart.
Item 3: Silhouette of 18th century manAdd to your cart.
Drawer 19/4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Barn and tree against blue skyAdd to your cart.
Drawer 19/3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Man in wheelchair, in apartmentAdd to your cart.
Drawer 19/2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Building collageAdd to your cart.
Note: New York Magazine cover, August 8, 1974
Drawer 21/5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mixed media on canvas and woodAdd to your cart.

28.5 x 36.5

Pieces loose. Fragile.

Dimensions: 28.5 in. x 36.5 in.
Note: Item framed. Blocks pieced together.
Drawer 21/1Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Hi-Ya-Ka-Wa"Add to your cart.
Item 2: Multiple images: man shouting, police officer, John Wayne, solider...Add to your cart.

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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