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The other day I was hauling trash out of my grandmother’s basement, helping the mighty effort to clean up a space that hasn’t seen a good tidying in decades. The amount of absolute, pure trash that one couple can purposefully accumulate is inconceivable. But if you’ve lived through the Depression, as probably none of us here have, then you can easily find it in your heart to stash away every egg carton, every plastic gallon ice cream tub, every single scrap and whatnot you come across that could ever possibly come in handy some unknown day in the future.

Among the things I hauled out were some warped and moldy picture frames, some with kitschy “art” still in place, just begging, positively groveling for a chance to be displayed. Now, hopelessly ruined, they would never grace the walls of any house. Too bad.

As I chucked one in the trash can, it caught my eye and I pulled it back out. It was a simple little countryside illustration of a house and some rolling hills. I can’t remember the details much, but the style of the image was alluring, almost Hopper-esque in its contrast and color use.

(in case you forgot what a Hopper looks like…)

I decided the print wasn’t a keeper but wrote down the name of the artist, Irv Wyner, before I put it back in the trash with the others. It didn’t occur to me that, in this day and age, something noteworthy might not be available at my fingertips as soon as I got online at home to look it up.

And that I did. I googled Irv Wyner, and came up with a paltry amount of information and a painfully small collection of images.

It turns out that Irv Wyner was a background artist for all sorts of great animated movies and television shows. His work sets the stage for such big-time stars as Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Sylvester, Porky, Elmer Fudd, you name it.

These are the only two images I could find online that look anything remotely similar to the print that I found..

Irv Wyner died in 2002, leaving behind basically no information about his personal life and very few marketable works of art, but a wealth of visual beauty that is regularly overlooked in some of the most classic animations ever created.

I kinda wish I had held on to that musty little piece of cardboard that led me to discover him.

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