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Lot 26

NICK VACCARO "Thaw" (1965 Oil, Nelson-Atkins Exhibited)

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Nick Vaccaro
(Kansas, 1931-2002)
Thaw, 1965
Oil on canvas
72" x 69"

Signed to the bottom right corner, titled and dated to the reverse, along with a signed exhibition entry tag for the Third Annual Waterloo Municipal Galleries Art Show (Waterloo, Iowa), 1967. Whether the piece was accepted into that show is unknown, but it was shown in a 1966 Nelson-Atkins exhibition (listed below). The frame measures 73" x 70" x 1 1/2".

Exhibition history: Sixteenth Mid-America Annual Exhibition, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Art, 1966.

Nick Vaccaro was a professor and chairman of the drawing and painting department at the University of Kansas. As an artist, Vaccaro was the recipient of purchase awards from the San Francisco Museum of Art (1958), the Dallas Museum of Fine Art (1961), and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, and his work has additionally been exhibited in the Nelson Gallery of Art, Oklahoma Arts Center, Wichita Art Museum, and Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts.


Mildew across the reverse of the canvas as photographed. The canvas is slightly depressed in the top right corner. The canvas is patched and retouched by the artist to fix a tear in the red-brown shape at the right edge.