PAUL WONNER (1920-2008)

PAUL WONNER Born in Tucson in 1920, Paul Wonner moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to study at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, which is now California College of the Arts. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 1941, followed by military service in Texas, Wonner moved to New York. There, he studied at the Art Students League for a short period of time and worked as a designer. Wonner moved back to the Bay Area in 1950, where he studied fine arts at UC Berkeley. He stayed in California, working in various library and teaching positions at UC Davis, the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, and UC Santa Barbara.

He is associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement and received approval from the movement's originators, including David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn. His figurative paintings before the late 1970s were characterized by expressive brushwork, but later in his career, he adopted the crisp realism of Dutch Baroque still life painting, populating his paintings with objects from everyday contemporary life. His mature work makes use of vacant spaces to separate elements of the composition. Acclaimed for his expressive figurative paintings and distinctive style of still life painting, Wonner had numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. His works are held at major museums throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York

PAUL WONNER
Striped Cloth with Fruit and Cheese
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 in.
PAUL WONNER
Fruit and Kitchen Towels on Two Tables
acrylic and ink on paper
38 1/4 x 26 3/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Figure and Plant
oil on canvas
48 x 40 in.
PAUL WONNER
Untitled (Table with Fruit, Potatoes, Meat, and Flowers)
acrylic on paper
38 1/2 x 27 in.
PAUL WONNER
Youth and Old Age, Artist and Model and Red Carpet
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.
PAUL WONNER
Park with Figures Around a Tree
acrylic and pencil on paper
22 1/4 x 30 in.
PAUL WONNER
Nude with Flowered Hat
watercolor on paper
17 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.
PAUL WONNER
In a Park
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 1/2 x 20 in.
PAUL WONNER
Bathers After Cezanne
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 3/4 x 20 1/8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Park with Figures and Dogs
acrylic and pencil on paper
15 x 22 in.
PAUL WONNER
Steps in Lafayette Park
acrylic and pencil on paper
15 x 22 1/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Youth and Old Age
acrylic on paper
14 1/2 x 16 5/8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Artist and Model, Hands on Hips
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Park with Two Figures
acrylic and pencil on canvas
13 1/2 x 19 1/8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Cityview
acrylic on paper
16 1/4 x 13 5/8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Bathers after Cezanne
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 7/8 x 17 1/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Youth and Old Age, Artist and Model
acrylic and pencil on paper
13 1/4 x 15 in.
PAUL WONNER
Park with Figures
acrylic and pencil on paper
15 x 22 in.
PAUL WONNER
Bathers after Cezanne
acrylic and pencil on paper
12 x 16 3/8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Youth and Old Age: Artist, Model, Pots of Flowers
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 1/4 x 12 1/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Landscape with Bathers
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 7/8 x 22 1/8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Landscape with Bathers After Cezanne
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 7/8 x 22 1/2 in.
PAUL WONNER
In Lafayette Park V
acrylic and pencil on paper
15 x 21 3/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Man and Dog in a Park
acrylic and pencil on paper
15 x 22 1/2 in.
PAUL WONNER
Andre Previn, LA
pencil on paper
18 x 24 in.
PAUL WONNER
Untitled
casein, pencil and crayola on paper
17 3/4 x 23 3/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Small Park on the Bay
acrylic and pencil on paper
15 1/8 x 22 1/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Women Reading
charcoal on paper
14 x 17 in.
PAUL WONNER
Artist Drawing The Model
acrylic and pencil on paper
12 x 10 1/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Trees and Rock on the Bay
acrylic and pencil on paper
15 x 22 in.
PAUL WONNER
In Lafayette Park VI
acrylic and pencil on paper
13 5/8 x 20 5/8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Fruit and Kitchen Towels on Blue and White Kitchen Towel
acrylic on paper
9 x 13 1/2 in.
PAUL WONNER
At Mission Rock
acrylic and pencil on paper
14 1/2 x 16 in.
PAUL WONNER
Model with Flowers
acrylic and pencil on paper
5 x 19 in.
PAUL WONNER
Sketchbook
watercolor
7 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.
PAUL WONNER
Carton of Olives
acrylic on paper
8 1/2 x 8 in.
PAUL WONNER
Green Tomatoes
acrylic on paper
6 1/4 x 9 in.
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