Wisconsinís Visual Arts Legacy
James Watrous (1908-1999), The Woodcarver, 1934, photograph
The Woodcarver was done while Watrous was a student on campus in 1934. The photo depicts David Parsons carving the figure of a dancer, Berta Ochner. This piece was first displayed at the Annual Student Art Show of 1934. It reportedly was purchased by the Wisconsin Union Art Committee for $10, a notable half of the budget for the art show. Watrousí art can be seen all over campus, including the well-loved 1936 Paul Bunyan Mural in the Memorial Union, done as a part of the PWAP, and the very visible Freedom of Communication mosaic on the exterior of Vilas Hall.
catalogue entry by Emily Wallrath
Related Website: www.union.wisc.edu/art/collection/