Maynard Reece (1920 - )
Born in Arnolds Park in April, 1920, near the shores of Lake Okoboji in northwestern Iowa, the son of a Quaker minister, Maynard Reece has this palpable love of nature and a talent for art which have made him America's foremost wildlife painter. He is considered one of the founding fathers of wildlife art, prints and posters as we know it today.
His art has drama, serenity and an elusive sense of reality of the wetlands. What has been noticed is the accuracy of his art, every detail correct - feathers, position, wind, weather and weeds, as hunters and birders will testify. There is also his feel for color and a sensitivity to the daily moods of nature.
His work seems to be the standard for North American waterfowl art. Every wildlife artist is compared with this unusual artist. Bateman, Loates, Parker, Maass, all of them owe their intensity to this man's work.
His work has been honored in prestigious magazines; he was in 1973 Ducks Unlimited's Artist of the Year and honorary trustee of the organization; his paintings have been regularly included in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds in Art" show, and he was honored as Leigh Yawkey Woodson's 1989 Master Wildlife Artist; he has won two awards from the New York Art Directors' Club; he was commissioned by the government of Bermuda to design their indigenous wildlife postage stamps, and his art book, The Waterfowl Art of Maynard Reece, is an enduring favorite.
This work is from his second miniature series of 'Wood Ducks', hand signed and numbered by the artist with a biographical card and description of the work en verso.
"Wood ducks are the most adept fliers of any ducks in the timber. With a long tail and broad wings, they can dodge and dart through the trees with ease. With food, water and security available, they seldom leave the flooded timber. Wood ducks nest in cavities in the trees, so the timber is really their home during their entire life." - Maynard Reece
Frame and Lithograph in good condition, gallery framed, ready to hang. Hand signed and numbered 432/950.
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Frame: 16" x 19 1/4" Image: 9" x 12 3/4"