Andrew Wyeth is an American national treasure and this book gives the reader a chance to gain some insight into a very private man.From an artistic point of view his work gives us a chance to scrutinize not only the world that surrounds him but also the emotion that drives the man to paint in such a way.The book represents six decades of his working life.Each painting is accompanied by fascinating comments by Wyeth himself.Not only is this book a remarkable primer to his work but becomes almost a sacred treasure itself.A book you will keep going back to.
Some twenty-plus years ago I caught a South Bank Show featuring Andrew Wyeth. I was instantly captivated by the almost magical beauty of his painting. Unfortunately for me I didn't think to note the name of the artist at the time and so it is only recently, and to my great delight, that I rediscovered his work.
His use of colour and the way he captures the light as it interacts with his subjects is incredible, even the most mundane objects take on a fascination that is hard to fathom and the portraits and landscapes have a power that draws you into them such that you might lose youself in them.
This book is not, as the title might suggest, an actual autobiography, but rather a collection of his work in chronolological order,the earliest from 1933 (aged 16) to 1993 comments from the painter appended to each. The comments are offer some interesting insights into the artist's character and motivation(and some humour too). There is an excellent variety of material (as you might expect in a work that covers 60 years of a painters life) capturing every aspect of the painter's work.
The quality of the presentation cannot be faulted, superb reproductions,of a good size and on high quality paper. My only wish is that the book was of a larger size (but I'm probably just being greedy since such a book would amost certainly cost three or four times as much).Also it should be noted that some of the artist's most famous work ('Christina's World' for example) is not presented here.
In summary I would say that this is a perfect introduction to Andrew Wyeth (in more ways than one) and a thing of beauty in its own right.
Not being a man of many words I would like to say very simply that this is a beautifully produced book that will lead any painter interested in growth on an intense journey. Wyeth's meticulous yet sparing use of materials, his colour palate, the marriage of realism with vast abstract shapes and spaces... I run out of superlatives!
a very beautiful book, what makes it really interesting is that the artist describes his memories or reasons for painting or the things he was interested in, rather than an art critic. the reason for painting something can be quite trivial and critics tend to over egg the pudding. when you know what he was looking for it gives the painting/ watercolour/ drawing a more intense meaning. I just wish the book had been twice as long. this is an astonishing painter and this book shows some of the depth of his work.
We first saw some of Andrew Wyeth's work at Mama in New York and enjoed his very individual style. Then this year we spent our holiday in New England and by chance visited a town called Rockport and the Farnsworth Museum. They were holding an exhibition of his work to celebrate his life as he has recently died.The connection was made, especially as many of his famous paintings of Christina Olson and her family were focused on the nearby village. We just had to find out more and the book started to fill some of the missing gaps of knowledge. The reproductions of his paintings put along side the description were perfect, and beautifully done. A book to treasure.
One of the nicest art books I've ever had. Big colour plates, and each painting is accompanied by a short commentary from Wyeth regarding his memory of the painting or the day, or why he chose a subject or any manner of wonderful snippets which enlighten the casual reader as to his method, thought process, life, EVERYTHING. So much nicer than a straight autobiography. After all a painter's paintings ARE his life in a way, and this boo makes the most of that and is a sheer delight. So glad I bought this.
Highly recommended - specifically if looking to learn more about this amazingly talented artist for the first time. It reveals artist talent to its best whilst giving wonderful insight in to the actual artist himself - his life expressed through his art - fantastic. J Cheshire
I was introduced to Andrew Wyeth's art by a professional modern artist. Although he is considered a realist, Wyeth's work has strong abstraction within it. I loved this book in particular because each image (and there are many) is accompanied by a comment by the artist which reveals his reason for painting it, or the mood which precipitated his urge to produce it. I loved the fact that sometimes he would describe the 'sound' which evoked the image. I have found this book to be inspirational, both for technique and composition. Wyeth's art is strong in both. How can someone make such a powerful statement from a simple house, or hill? I thoroughly recommend this to any student, practitioner or admirer of art. There is much to learn from it.