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About Robert Willson

Robert Willson (1912-2000) was one of the most complex and contradictory American artists of the past century. Among the first American sculptors to use solid glass in a small factory setting, he was at once regional and international, steeped in pre-columbian art as well as Texas folklore. Educated in the Southwest and Mexico, he discovered the glass studios of Murano, Italy, at the age of forty-four and never looked back. Robert Willson was a gangly fellow who sounded like actor James Stewart, fell in love with Venice and spent the next thirty-seven summers there making solid glass sculptures.

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