"Her Gentleman Friend"   Lot no. 3686

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By Mortimer Wilson Jr. (American- 1906-1996)

26.00" x 20.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed l/r: Mortimer Wilson Jr. NAWA



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From Lincoln, Nebraska, Mortimer Wilson, Jr. had a rich, sumptuous style of painting, based in part on his training as a portraitist. His father, conductor of the Atlanta Symphony ad a composer, had wanted his son to follow a musical career, but both violin and piano were discarded when Mortimer showed a genuine interest in drawing and painting.

   Wilson studied painting at the Art Students League in New York, continued studying on his own and painted a few portraits. He also became involved in summer theatre work as a director while teaching painting on the side.

   The need to earn enough money to marry prodded him into trying story illustration. The combination of his drama experience with the painter’s craft produced a fresh approach, and Wilson soon became a popular illustrator for American Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, and Woman’s Home Companion, as well as for advertisers such as Maxwell House Coffee and Woodbury Facial Soap.

   In 1956, he moved to Arizona and exhibited his portraits, still lives, and genre painting widely in the West.