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Andrew Wyeth: Autobiography Paperback – September 15, 1998
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He said drawing with pencil helped him get to the core of a thing. If you've ever drawn or painted people and animals from life, as he did, it increases the appreciation for his work one hundred fold. I also think that this is why his paintings and sketches are so full of life - you just don't get that from a photo, there is NO comparison. His landscapes blow me away every time, and I'm not really a fan of landscape paintings. Something about the solitude of it all just takes me in.
My favourite is Night Sleeper, which is on the cover. His palette is just beautiful, i don't really think it's muted or drab - the closer you look, the more colours you see. How he played colours in juxtaposition, so that they glow, is another part that gives his work such intensity and life.
The comments beside all the work are, as people have mentioned, very good. The entire book is one of those slow joy books. It's just nice to sit with it and turn the pages slowly and take in every thing.
This says less about the artist than about his artwork, which speaks for itself. His subdued palette captures the people and places of his life. Places include farms, barn or farmhouse interiors, Maine shorelines, and other open spaces that are increasingly hard to find. Wyeth's people include his wife Betsy, his sister, and neighbors. Grittier than Norman Rickwell but no less affetionate, he presents them at work, at hard-earned rest, or simply at a quiet moment. A few nudes of teenaged Siri, including the remarkable "The Virgin," capture the gawky grace of emerging womanhood. Two images really stood out for me, though, images I would never have associated with Wyeth. "Spring" and "Christmas morning" carry a surreal sense, somehow even closer the the supernatural for their entirely realistic rendering. "Spring," especially, offers an amiguous sense of hope using the starkest and bleakest of visual language.
As Wyeth narrates each painting, a sentence to a paragraph for each, parts of his life emerge: friendships, successes, and losses. Without being mysterious, the text comes across as spotty and selective, omitting far more than it presents. If you want a standard kind of biography, you'll have to look elsewhere. Instead, this book is closer to the occasional cup of coffee with the artist, shared over weeks or months, in which different moments of his life arise almost at random. His words add an intimacy to the art that's hard to express, but that is worth experiencing - as is the art itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book on Andrew Wyeth! Great pictures. An interesting insight into the artist as he narrates each painting, giving a greater understanding to the man - showing his more... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Hill Farm Shari
This book is a MUST HAVE for any Wyeth or "realist" fan. Or for any fan of American Art. Or for any fan of painting or art in general. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John F.
Great coffee table book to accent my Wyeth pictures. Huge fan of his artwork.Published 3 months ago by Beanie
Great book. So interesting to hear his thinking when he created each painting. . Very enjoyable.Published 4 months ago by seeker
I was disappointed in the size and quality of the plates in this book, but it's still nice to have, due to the variety of the images included.Published 5 months ago by madaboutmusic
Great book with excellent rendering of colorful pictures!Published 9 months ago by Christopher W. Loh
One of the best books ever written on the work of my grandfather. Hoving was a dear family friend & a brilliant writer. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Victoria B. Wyeth