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.
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.
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!
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