Social Awareness in American Pictorial Culture

Robert Weaver (1924-1994) did not just create art, he used illustration as a form of journalism. Starting in the 1950’s, Weaver captured the human existence as raw as it is lived. Moving away from the clean and refined compositions by previous generations of illustrative journalism, Weaver took his tools to the streets and sketched what he saw. Some images would be further developed by the blending of paint, pastels and collaging, while others were left in their original drawn form. No matter the composition type, Weaver’s illustrations highlight the human existence and socio-cultural and political events of the time.

Check out the Robert Weaver finding aid.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.