Neil Welliver NEW
Neil Welliver (1929-2005). "In the Allagash." Oil
on canvas, 11.5 x 12, signed. As framed
ARE HARD TO FIND!
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." 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." Focused deep in the woods, this gem 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."
WELLIVER IS THE NEXT AND NEWEST PAINTER
OF THE GREAT AMERICAN LANDSCAPE!
AFTER 2020 HIS TOP PRICE WENT OVER $80,000!
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!