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Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: John Woodrow Wilson, American, 1922–2015

Lynched Figure [Study for “The Incident”]

ca. 1952

Oil on board

37 1/4 × 27 1/4 in. (94.6 × 69.2 cm)
Katharine Ordway Fund
Not on view
20th century

Along with the related gouache that the Art Gallery acquired in 2000 (Fig. 2), Wilson brought back these two studies in oil and conté crayon when he returned from Mexico in 1956. They remained in his hands the rest of his life. Neither has been widely exhibited: the oil on board was included in John Wilson: Eternal Presence (Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Mass., November 18, 2012 – March 24. 2013); the conté on paper was exhibited in John Wilson: A Retrospective (Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa, January – April 2004), and in The Art of John Wilson (University Galleries, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, January 23 – March 5, 2010). They are now being released for sale by the artist’s widow, Julie Wilson.


“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.