Which of the 10 most popular painters in the world is William W. Painter?
William W., one of the most well-known painters of the 20th century, died Saturday at age 94, his longtime publicist and art collector, Deborah Pappas, said in a statement.
He was in his home in Newport Beach, Calif., where he had lived since 1967.
He had been ill for the past few months, the statement said.
W. worked on many of the world’s most famous paintings, from Pablo Picasso to Edward Hopper, but the work he did most often is his own, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“He was a wonderful and remarkable painter, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with him,” said Peter Kuznia, who worked on several of W.’s major paintings for decades at the New York Public Library.
“His love of art was legendary.
His generosity and warmth were second to none.”
Painter had a long career.
He started painting when he was just 14 years old and was at the center of a series of major artistic collaborations between artists including Winsor McCay and Henri Matisse, and others, including Picasso and Andy Warhol, according to the New Yorker.
Painter worked on a lot of artists’ major works including Picassos The Sistine Chapel and the Eiffel Tower.
“William was a master of the art of painting and it was because of his love of his art that he created such a remarkable range of works,” Kuznian said.
“It was his love and passion for the craft that made it possible for him to create such an extraordinary collection of paintings.”
Painter was one of only two artists ever inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ “Painting Hall of Fame,” the organization said.
He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 1961 and graduated with a degree in painting from Columbia University in 1963.
Painter also had a painting studio in Los Angeles and a home in San Diego.
His widow, Deborah, was one a member of the New Jersey Museum of Art.
He died on Friday.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ann.