Sunday 5 September 2010

N. C. Wyeth

A lot of people will be familiar with the works of Andrew Wyeth, the famous American Painter best known for his detailed realistic portraits of the people and the land around the north-eastern States. Possibly what is less known, at least here in England is that the Wyeth family is a small dynasty of painters, Andrew being the best known. His father N. C. Wyeth was a well known artist and illustrator of derring-do childrens books. Andrew's  son Jamie Wyeth has followed in his father's footsteps. I'll feature the work of all three here, starting with N. C Wyeth.

Newell Convers Wyeth (1882 –1945) was the star pupil of artist the Howard Pyle and became one of America's greatest illustrators. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for Scribner's, which is the work for which he is best known.
Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, "Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other."

1 comment:

  1. Hi~! I was wondering what the name of the 7th illustration was.
    Overall I love the Wyeth tradition, but Newell Wyeth and Howard Pyle seemed to have done it for me. Brilliant.


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