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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary project
Andrew Wyeth is less well known in the UK than in the States. But readers who know nothing about him will still be enriched by this large-format, meticulously produced book.

Here is the story of an artist's work with a single model over a period of years. Helga is not the artist's wife, nor is it relevant to ask what the relationship is between them, except as...
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by Peasant

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just extraordinary paintings
A very good illustrated catalogue of Wyeth's epic series of pictures, dating from their first exhibition. Nicely presented with very good reproductions of the tempera and watercolours, and some nice close ups of detail. As a catalogue there is a lot of information about the purchase of the series that now reads as rather self congratulatory, and the main essay doesn't...
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by J. Waite


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just extraordinary paintings, 20 Aug 2010
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A very good illustrated catalogue of Wyeth's epic series of pictures, dating from their first exhibition. Nicely presented with very good reproductions of the tempera and watercolours, and some nice close ups of detail. As a catalogue there is a lot of information about the purchase of the series that now reads as rather self congratulatory, and the main essay doesn't for me quite escape the problem of providing a critical commentary on a painter whose hyper realism is so palpably significant, but artistically unfashionable.
As often the drawings are a disappointment since the reproduction of most is absolutely tiny, and of course Wyeth's detail is really the point here. I'd give it five stars for the colour reproductions but you'll constantly curse the stinginess of the authors in not reproducing any of these beautiful drawings at a size where you can actually see them properly. When will authors/publishers start giving drawings the respect they deserve?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary project, 28 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Andrew Wyeth: the Helga Pictures (Hardcover)
Andrew Wyeth is less well known in the UK than in the States. But readers who know nothing about him will still be enriched by this large-format, meticulously produced book.

Here is the story of an artist's work with a single model over a period of years. Helga is not the artist's wife, nor is it relevant to ask what the relationship is between them, except as artist and model, for the pictures concentrate entirely on the visual. Nor is Helga a great beauty, just a reasonably attractive woman of mature years. What makes the series exceptional is Wyeth's intense, trance-like concentration on every aspect of her appearance. Wyeth is a realist, even a hyper-realist, but here we see the framework which underlies his ultra-detailed exhibition paintings.

There are tempera paintings that show every downy hair on the skin, luminous watercolours that explore the shapes of light and dark in sunlight, moody pencil studies, classic nudes, interiors and figure-in-the-landscape compositions. Helga is seen from every angle, in painful detail or as a flurry of eloquently sketched lines. It is this variation of treatments of the same subject which make the book so fascinating, especially to an artist.

The text forms only a small proportion of the book, and discusses the works rather than the painter; it is rather in awe of Wyeth but worth reading all the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 16 Sep 2012
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Stunning, what else can I say... Also a unique collection, over a long period of time, quite unique...
the quality of the book and reproductions is excellent and a constant source of inspiration of the human form
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 July 2014
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great book - better than expected
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, 26 May 2014
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Nice book, but to really understand Wyeth and his career, you need some other book's about his paintings. But with the other ones this is good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wyeth - the secret world., 19 Feb 2014
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Andrew Wyeth created a body of work that was for many years a complete secret. His studies of Helga, many of them nudes, were eventually revealed - to critical acclaim.

This magnificent book is worthy of Wyeth's great paintings and sketches. Scholarly yet readable and lavishly illustrated. These are remarkable paintings and quite unlike anything those familiar with Wyeth's farm landscapes will have seen.

He is one of America's greatest painters - and this book alone proves it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reproductions of virtuoso works, 30 Jan 2014
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These are ( of course) only the Helga pictures, but all of them, drawings and paintings. Beautiful repros, showing his glowing tempera in detail; left me wanting more of Wyeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 22 Nov 2011
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Andrew Wyeth was a well respected artist but in these drawing he reveals the tenderness of his relationship with his model who went on to care for him in his old age. The drawings are exquisit
and touched my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Helga pictures, 31 Oct 2012
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A great book, one I have been looking for in book stores for years, and only recently thought to look online.
Andrew Wyeth is a fabulous painter, and this book give one a look into the private man and his work, paintings he did for his own "practice" and consumption.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw Dropping, 20 Nov 2009
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Unfathomable beauty. The images are large enough to capture most of impact of these masterful drawings and paintings.
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