Andrew Wyeth: Close Friends (英語) ハードカバー – 2001/2/1
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Generally regarded as "America's Painter," realist Andrew Wyeth is perhaps the most well known of the artistic Wyeth family dynasty, which includes his father N.C. Wyeth, sister Henriette Hurd, and son Jamie Wyeth. Although most recent explorations of this artist have focused on his family and on the Helga pictures, this unique publication chronicles seven decades of an underappreciated yet historically relevant aspect of his relationship to home and community. Andrew Wyeth: Close Friends is the first critical look at a significant body of paintings and works on paper depicting Wyeth's African-American friends and neighbors in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, a quaint village on the Brandywine River, where he has lived since birth.
Andrew Wyeth: Close Friends includes over 100 color reproductions of major tempera and watercolor paintings and numerous black-and-white images of graphite drawings. Works reproduced are drawn from public and private collections, with a large number from the personal collection of the Wyeths. In addition to a foreword by Museum Director R. Andrew Maass, the book includes family photographs and facsimiles of personal correspondence.
Betsy James Wyeth came to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 1940 as the new bride of painter Andrew Wyeth. She has collaborated with her husband on several exhibitions and publications. The Wyeths divide their time between Chadds Ford and Midcoast, Maine.
While I wouldn't recommend this as the first Wyeth book to buy, for fans of the artist this is an indispensable volume. Apart from well-known pictures such as "The Drifter" and "April Wind", included are rarely seen oil paintings from the early 1930s ("Bill Loper with Big Tree Trunk", "High Wind", "Burial at Archies") and some of the earliest temperas ("Fall at Archies" from 1937 being a particularly interesting one). Then there are hard-to-find temperas such as "Oliver's Cap" and "Heat Lightning", a terrific reproduction of the drybrush "Granddaughter", a portrait of Snowden done with tempera on brown wrapping paper, and numerous other fascinating images. Also, contrary to what some reviews may lead you to believe, the book contains not only portraits, but also landscapes, interiors, still lifes, etc.
All in all, if you're a fan, definitely buy this. Not only a chance to look at some rare works, but also a way to learn about all kinds of Chadds Ford people the Wyeths interacted with. You'll find information missing even from Merryman's biography.