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Weidenaar Prints ➔ Print, 'The Road Is Rough - State V (Final; Edition State)' (5 Of 5)

Identifier:
1993.48.157.5
Description:
State I. See State II.;Some of the signs in the background are about the artist.;The Road is Rough. Reynold H. Weidenaar..
Date:
1944
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
9.9" h 11" w ; 16" h 20" w
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Jay And Betty Van Andel
Exhibit/Program
Weidenaar Exhibit (1994) (1994 – 2014)
This exhibit features highlights from the Grand Rapids Public Museum's exhaustive collection of Weidenaar prints, as well as photographs, tools, and personal items related to the artist's life and work.
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