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Description: Donald Wynn
(American, b. 1948)
reclining nude
oil on canvas
signed and dated '67 lower right.

Condition Report: Scratch upper right (pictured). Bruise with flaking in a 2"dia. circular area lower right under foot. One long repair lower right. Three other spot repairs visible on back. Other possible areas of scuffing throughout due to improper storage.

The following, submitted February 2005, is from the artist whose studio is in East Dorset, Vermont.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, Don Wynn has a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Indiana University, institutions where he studied with Lennart Anderson, William Bailey, and James McGarrell. He has been a Visiting Artist at many universities and institutions, including Yale University and the Art Institute of Chicago, and has received awards from the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Foundation, Montreal; the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown; and the New York State CAPS Program.

Wynn's active and diverse exhibition career began with the first of numerous New York City solo shows in 1964. In 1970, his work first received international recognition in the Whitney Museum's landmark Twenty-Two Realists exhibition. In 1978, he was the first living artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Adirondack Museum. In 1995, the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired one of his oils for its Twentieth Century Collection (the first Adirondack resident artist so honored since Rockwell Kent). Wynn has had recent solo exhibits in New York City, Ann Arbor, Saratoga Springs, and Tokyo.

He has been reviewed in "The New York Times", "ARTnews", "Arts", "The New Yorker", "Art International", and many other publications and is included in all major fine arts reference volumes in the United States and abroad, including "Who's Who in American Art".

Although Wynn's work was classified as New Realism at the start of his career, many reviewers have since noted that his paintings are distinct from this movement. Rather than being literal depictions of subjects, they are interpretive, frequently presenting myths in secular guise, and often in a subliminal or allusive way. Wynn's formal means include the use of highly developed, complicated surfaces, which are critical to achieving the final visual and psychological result.
45"H x 48 3/4"W (sight), 46"H x 49 1/2"W (frame)

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