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Reynolds Price

Artist
Will Wilson, born 18 Aug 1957
Sitter
Reynolds Price, 1 Feb 1933 - 20 Jan 2011
Date
1997
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 40.8 × 35.7cm (16 1/16 × 14 1/16")
Frame: 56.2 × 51.4 × 4.4cm (22 1/8 × 20 1/4 × 1 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of William S. Price, Jr.
Object number
NPG.2015.138
Exhibition Label
An important voice in southern fiction, Reynolds Price wrote stories about “ordinary people” and their struggles “to find their place in the world.” He made his debut on the American literary stage with A Long and Happy Life (1962), earning critical acclaim for his “pungent Southern dialogue, highly wrought prose style and vivid evocation of rural Southern life.” Price penned thirteen novels and dozens of short stories and taught writing and poetry at his alma mater, Duke University, for more than fifty years, inspiring a new generation of southern novelists.
San Francisco–based artist Will Wilson has been creating realist, sometimes trompe l’œil, paintings for more than thirty years. He made five portraits of Price, from small heads like this one to larger likenesses of the writer in his home or study.
Voz importante en la literatura sureña de ficción, Reynolds Price solía escribir cuentos sobre la gente común y sus luchas “por encontrar su lugar en el mundo”. Debutó en la escena literaria norteamericana con A Long and Happy Life (1962), que le ganó el elogio de la crítica por su “incisivo diálogo, la excelente construcción de su prosa y la vívida evocación de la vida rural sureña”. Price escribió trece novelas y docenas de cuentos, e inspiró a una nueva generación de novelistas sureños como profesor de escritura y poesía en su alma mater, Duke University, durante más de quince años.
Will Wilson, artista radicado en San Francisco, ha creado pinturas realistas, a veces trompe l’œil, durante más de treinta años. Realizó cinco retratos de Price, entre ellos caras pequeñas como esta e imágenes más grandes del escritor en su hogar o estudio.
Provenance
The artist, the subject's brother William Price
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\North Carolina\Wake\Raleigh