Reynold Weidenaar (1915 - 1985)

The artist (shown left), Reynold Weidenaar was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1915. He studied at the Kendall School of Design and at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1938 to 1940. In 1944, Weidenaar received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1949, the Louis Comfort Tiffany scholarship. In receiving these grants, Weidenaar was able to travel and record his impressions of other countries, particularly Mexico. In 1949 he was elected to the National Academy and he was later raised to full academician status. Working mostly on copper with all the intaglio processes, Weidenaar produced 212 prints. Weidenaar was one of the first artists in the United States to revive the technique of mezzotint printmaking. He also designed and hand-made the tools he used to create his prints. In 1981 in a New York show reviewed by Theodore Wolff of the Christian Science Monitor, compared his work to John Taylor Arms, Martin Lewis and Grant Wood. He called Weidenaar "....a virtuoso with the etching needle; a master craftsman with extraordinary skills." He also noted "...a rare ability to reach deep into the unique identity of an object or an individual and to bring it forcefully to the surface in a few lines."
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The Road Is Rough


Commissioned for a presentation print by the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. Some of the tiny signs in the background and the foreground are only visible under a magnifying glass (as seen in many of his works), This print is the first in my collection, I acquired this print from my brother James Straub.

Location: Permanent Collections Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.

Dimensions: 6-15/16 X 8-15/16

Medium: Etching

Date Produced: 1944

Exhibitions: U.S. Library of Congress

Disposition: A Private Collection


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Locomotive Shops


Very Rare and extremely sought after. Considered one of his masterpieces. Locomotive Shops was the winner of the coveted Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship in 1948.

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dimensions: 12-15/16 X 16-7/8

Medium: Etching/Aquatint

Date Produced: 1947

Disposition: A Private Collection


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Grain Threshers, Mexico


Dramatic outdoor scene. The horses appear to be large, strong and spirited animals. They are roped together and are depicted in various stages of movement. 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 threatening and add to the tension filled atmosphere of the image. Grain Threshers, Old Mexico. Commissioned by the Print Club of Albany, New York.

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dimensions: 10 X 15

Medium: Mezzotint

Date Produced: 1949

Exhibitions: Permanent Collections: New York Public Library. The Library of Congress.

Disposition: A Private Collection


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Leviathan of the Lake, Ludington


Image of a large ferry. A train car (?) appears to be inside it. Groups of people are gathered near the ferry entrance, the shoreline, and in a small rowboat, 'Print List' (1993) indicates that the small group of figures on the left are the artist's children. They carry a sign that reads, 'Goodbye Forever, Mom and Dad', Leviathan of the Lakes.

Location: Ludington, Michigan

Dimensions: 12-3/4 X 16-5/8

Medium: Etching

Date Produced: 1964

Exhibitions: Library of Congress

Disposition: A Private Collection


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Alabama


Harbor Scene, possibly Ludington, Michigan. A large vessel named "Alabama" is at dock with a small sailboat to the port side (left); A figure is shown on the sailboat falling into the water. A shoreline with houses is also visible. This print is sometimes called "The Death of the Alabama".

Location: Ludington, Michigan

Dimensions: 10-3/4 X 13

Medium: Etching

Date Produced: 1948

Exhibitions: Holland Area Arts Council

Disposition: From A Private Collection


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Ten O'Clock at Taxco


Vertical. Image of a city. A large cathedral stands at the top of a hill, towering over the buildings near it, several figures and signs are placed throughout the composition. A road runs through the bottom right hand corner, defined by stone walls. Two female figures interact near the wall. Clouds float through the sky behind the cathedral.

Location: Taxco, Mexico

Dimensions: 16-3/4 X 12-3/4

Medium: Etching

Date Produced: 1946

Exhibitions: Illustrated: Whistler to Weideaar; American Prints 1870 to 1950 - Museum of Arts - 1987

Disposition: A Private Collection


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Burro Station


Old Mexico Vertical. Image of a hillside with several figures and burros. A cathedral is represented at the top. Additional buildings are present below the cathedral. A mountainous landscape is depicted in the background.

Location: Mexico

Dimensions: 16-3/4 X 12-3/4

Medium: Etching

Date Produced: 1940

Exhibitions: Holland Area Arts Council

Disposition: A Private Collection


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Vioduct Builders


Horizontal. Image of construction zone. Large supports are being built to support viaducts (highways?). Several figures and a dump truck are depicted on the ground.,Viaduct Builders.

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dimensions: 3-3/4 X 5-1/4

Medium: Etching

Date Produced: 1950

Exhibitions: Holland Area Arts Council

Disposition: A Private Collection


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Bridge Builders Mackinac Straits


Vertical. Construction image of the Mackinac Bridge. The bridge towers dominate the composition. A large tower rises to the right of center; a smaller tower is portrayed behind it. Two small boats float in the water depicted at the bottom of the print. A ship enters from the back. The sky has a foggy atmosphere. This is a rather dark print. On the far right, another tower is under construction.

Location: Mackinaw City, Michigan

Dimensions: 12-7/8 X 6-7/8

Medium: Mezzotint

Date Produced: 1956

Exhibitions: Holland Area Arts Council

Disposition: Private Collection


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