Educated at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (B.A. 1938) and the New School for Social Research in New York City, Wilt joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1947. His other teaching positions included those at the Oxbow Summer School of Art, the Carnegie Institute, and Wayne State University. In 1953 he received an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Characteristic of his work is the use of a variety of methods to achieve surface texture, including blotting and bleeding of color, beaded and veined pigment, as well as scored lines. He is well known for his figurative works, which usually feature inert, vacant-eyed, almost surrealistic children, and for his detailed depictions of tropical foliage, inspired by a 1960 sabbatical in the Caribbean.
Richard Wilt: "Pittsburgh", 1953
Richard Wilt, 1915-1981. "Pittsburgh", 1953. A mid 20th century pastel and gouache on paper city scene. Signed "Richard Wilt" and dated “1953” upper right. Titled "Pittsburgh" verso. Image measures 32 x 18” high framed 34 x 22" high overall. $985