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Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life Paperback – April 21, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
My cautionary note in the title is important in direct relation to what you know about the man, who he paints, why, and what one of the most prevalent themes that mark his work are. I came to this book as a great admirer of his work, and I finished it with my love for his work intact, I do not have any of the same ideas I once did prior to reading the book.
"Christina's World" which is one of his singularly well known works, is also one of the least understood. The house and its influence on the artist did spawn it's own art book, but the events in that house could inspire several more. The same can be said of Christina Olson. Once I read about the work and what Mr. Wyeth had to say, I felt foolish in my ignorance, the fact that my misconceptions are shared to this day bring no comfort.
The book does not require any knowledge of Mr. Wyeth to be read and enjoyed. It certainly will add to the experience if you know of the model that is recognized simply as "Helga". Mr.Read more ›
Describe the book as a series of overlapping X-rays of Andrew Wyeth's relationships, if you will, but do not expect Meryman to give you one final, big revelation.
Rather, Meryman goes for all the details and intricacies without at any time repeating himself or getting boring. The book is an exciting exploration of a complex and great artist. Meryman is all the time getting there, removing the layers of skin around Wyeth's core secrets, but never actually arriving at the heart, no matter how many accurate, sensitive, well-aimed X-rays he plies.
You sense, though, that the tension in his major relationships -- with his father NC Wyeth, his wife Betsy, his two sons, his sisters, his black friends, the people he painted most, namely, Helga, the Kuerners, the Olsons -- you sense that the tautness of feelings in each case, sharply controlled, come to bloom in his meticulously executed paintings which are austere yet quintessential life.
Paintings feeding on life. Life sublimated into art. And thus the reason, as Meryman shows, why Wyeth could not just paint anything, why before Wyeth embarked on a picture he had to be sure it had enough emotional engagement to see him through to the end, why his subjects became themselves the objects of his emotions, an intimate part of his life, like Helga.
The first picture I saw of Wyeth's was "Winter 1946", showing a boy seemingly lost in the fields. He did this the year after his father's death. Anyone who has lost a parent cannot help recognising the anguish in this picture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has got to be one of the best autobiography written about the artist. The book confirms information written by other writers who wrote about the Wyeth family. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a long time admirer of the work of Andrew Wyeth, for some forty years, I wanted to read more about the life of the artist before visiting the Brandywine Museum so as to be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Starbright
This was a gift for a friend for whom Wyeth resonates deeply. She is very happy with the comprehensive view of his life. Book and dust jacket in perfect condition.Published 2 months ago by CatB
One of the best biographies of an artist I have read in a long time. Helga was a very important part of his life and also of other members of the Wyeth family. Read morePublished 12 months ago by nancy delliber
Very interesting story of Andrew Wyeth, but then I relaly like his work and reading his background was interesting to mePublished 23 months ago by june