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Illustration Art, Dick Williams, Company President, Vintage Watercolor (Sold)

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Richard F. “Dick” Williams
American: Mid 20th Century
Gouache on paper
Signed lower right
20 x 14 inches, image
22.5 x 17 inches, overall
Provenance: Estate of Richard F. Williams, Crestwood, New York

Humorous illustration of an excited employee running into the office of the company president with important news, seen through the boss’ eyes from an unusual perspective, over his feet, which are resting on the desk. We know he is the president because his title is painted on the open door. The humor comes from the contrast between the urgency of the pop-eyed employee waving his paper and the relaxed and self-confident pose of the president.

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Richard F. “Dick” Williams studied at the Buffalo School of Fine Arts, the American Art School and with Robert Brackman. He worked as an illustrator for a number of New York advertising agencies and magazines such as Redbook and Collier’s. His work for these publications is characterized by a warmth and playfulness as well as clever compositional ideas. The style was one popular in publications of the Forties and Fifties — pictures celebrating postwar American life in a realist style, sometimes with gentle humor. In the latter part of his career he turned exclusively to painting, and was best known as a portrait painter but also gained recognition for his landscapes, still life and flower studies. Williams was represented by Portraits Inc. in New York and produced commissioned portraits for private and public collections. He also became active in Westchester County art associations. He actively exhibited his work at many galleries and museums including The American Artists Professional League, Allied Artists of America, Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield and Fairleigh Dickenson University. This drawing is from a collection of original art from the artist’s estate, some signed and some unsigned, purchased by our gallery in the mid 1990s.

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20th Century