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Weidenaar Prints ➔ Print, 'Grain Threshers, Old Mexico - State V (Final; Edition State)' (5 Of 5)

Identifier:
1993.48.88.2
Description:
State V. Horizontal. Outdoor scene primarily depicting horses. Eight horses diagonally recede into the left corner. The horses appear to be large, strong, spirited animals. They are all roped together and depicted in various stages of moment. Two figures stand on each end of the row of horses with whips in their hands. In the background, three figures appear to be lifting hay. The clouds in the sky are dark and stormy. They add to the tension filled atmosphere of the image.;Grain Threshers, Old Mexico Reynold Weidenaar a.n.a 30-.
Date:
1949
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
12.375" h 17.4375" w ; 20" h 24" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Jay And Betty Van Andel
Rights:
Restricted Use
Exhibit/Program
Through the Eyes of Weidenaar (2015)
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is proud to present an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of internationally renowned artist Reynold Weidenaar. "Through the Eyes of Weidenaar" will showcase a large portion of the GRPM’s unparalleled collection of Weidenaar’s prints, plates, tools and personal effects. The collection, a majority of which was donated by Jay and Betty Van Andel, speaks to the history of Grand Rapids from the artist's unique point of view. Approximately 100 works by Weidenaar will be on display. The exhibition will focus on the art of printmaking and how Weidenaar incorporated local scenes, humor, and his own personal worldview into his art.
Makers/Donors
Reynold H. Weidenaar
Reynold Weidenaar was born in Grand Rapids in 1915, the eldest of two children of a Christian Reformed minister.  In 1923, at the age of 8, Rey found a drawing of a train on a pile of garbage.  The simple line drawing of a locomotive speeding down the tracks caught his eye and galvanized his imagination.  And while many 8-year-old boys might love to draw trains, Rey Weidenaar was really, really good at it.

What followed was an extraordinary artistic career that Weidenaar pursued with diligence and passion right up until his death in 1985.  While the critical successes of Weidenaar’s career can be measured by the hundreds of awards his works earned, here in his hometown, “Rey” was well known for his trademark red beret and his often-sighted license plate which simply read, “ARTIST.”

Weidenaar saw himself and his work as a bulwark of sanity and realism in an art world that frequently leaned towards the sensational and the abstract.  His role as an arbiter of taste for Grand Rapidians is perhaps best summed up by a quote he gave to the Grand Rapids Press in 1978, “Abstract art offends me, and the lifestyle of some abstract artists offends me.”


Jay Van Andel

Betty Van Andel