Three (3) Werner Wildner (Nashville, Tennessee, 1925-2004) drawings. 1st item: Graphite drawing with watercolor on paper depicting a balding, rotund man wearing a white ruff over a red shirt with a single gold button, a black bird perched on his head. Signed with monogram signature, lower left, with the initials "Bh.", lower right of man's shirt. Matted and housed under glass in a black wooden frame. Sight – 8 1/8" H x 7" W. Framed – 22" H x 17 7/8" W. 2nd item: Charcoal and gouache drawing on paper depicting a three quarter view of an androgynous harlequin or jester. Signed with monogram signature, lower left. Belle Meade Framers, Nashville, TN label, en verso. Double matted and housed under glass in a wooden frame. Sight – 8 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W. Framed – 15" H x 12" W. 3rd item: Charcoal and gouache drawing on paper depicting a gnome in a hat balanced on a ball, facing towards the background. Signed with monogram signature, lower left. Matted and housed under glass in a silver metal frame. Belle Meade Framers, Nashville, TN label, en verso. Sight – 7 3/4" H x 5 1/8" W. Framed – 11 3/8" H x 8 3/8" W. Provenance: The estate of John Donnelly, Nashville, TN. Biography: Wildner was born in Germany but moved to Detroit with his family as a child and then, as a teenager, to Nashville. He served in the Army in 1944 and went on to study art briefly at the Mienzinger Art School in Detroit. He returned to Nashville to practice commercial art, but by the mid-1950s had decided to pursue his own art career. Whimsical animals and fantastical, often grotesque creatures were a recurring theme of his work. Wildner met with critical and commercial success after a 1962 exhibit of his art at the Nashville site now known as Cheekwood. However, the death of his parents and collapse of his marriage in the 1970's led him to become reclusive in the last two decades of his life. (source: Askart). CONDITION: 1st-2nd items: Overall very good condition. Not examined outside of frames. 3rd item: Overall good condition with minute foxing spots. Overall toning to paper. Not examined outside of frame.
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