PentecostSpring FedThis is an extraordinary portrait of the American artist Andrew Wyeth. The author followed Andrew Wyeth since the 1960’s and it shows.It’s a very personal view of the painter and his upbringing – his family, his wife Betsy , their children and the models he used. It is quite stunning to learn of the various influences that affected the paintings of Andrew Wyeth. We do feel the essence of this painter as the author describes the creation and generation of his works.First and foremost, his father was the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth. He brought his children up to be painters. Also – to put it mildly – N.C. was a benevolent tyrant – running his family as his personal fiefdom – interjecting himself constantly into their lives. For example, Andrew Wyeth, as well as his other siblings, was home schooled.Andrew did come to choose his own painting style which could be called realism. He initially used water colours, but (against the advice of his father) then used a more challenging technique of tempera that utilizes egg yolks as part of the painting process. It gave a more evocative naturalism to his paintings. Andrew Wyeth would spend from weeks to months on one painting.His paintings have a feeling of ying-yang in their realism with a strong contemplativeness – portraying both life and death. As the author states -contrary to most American artists, Andrew Wyeth was a rural painter. His subject matter was found close by his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and the Wyeth summer home in Maine. This combined rural and realism put him in a unique category. The paintings of Andrew Wyeth are striking for their simplistic details that speak through time. They are stripped of encumbrances and ostentation.The furor or gossip that came with the revelations of the long hidden Helga paintings is discussed – part of the reason for the subtitle “a Secret Life”. I feel it is part of the American puritanical streak that there was such a pronounced reaction to the Helga nudes. It is even more perplexing because Wyeth had done nudes before – or maybe it was just the quantity and nature of the nudes. Also, by that time Andrew Wyeth had become an iconic figure in the American art world – and some may have felt that he should not be doing that “type” of art. Also Wyeth was caricatured by some, as a type of Norman Rockwell – he most definitely was not. The book was published in 1996 and Andrew Wyeth had a long life and died in 2009 at the age of 92. The book has many reproductions, some are in colour. It’s a very upfront personal view of a great American painter.Page 409 (my book) Marc Wilson“Wyeth is so accessible to people of other cultures because he does deal with human issues – the passage of time, decay, fleeting existence. It’s not the parochial U.S. issues of the moment.”Page 403 Andrew Wyeth“In this age of chattering, I think we need to pause for monotony – with something smoldering in the middle of it. So much can be said by so little. I think great simplicity is complex. To my mind the master is the one who can give the effect of great simplicity and breath and yet you can go right up to it and enjoy it.”[image error]AdriftBraidsWyeth actually cut off the bottom of his painting, he felt by showing the ends of the braids that it would look "too cute"Night Shadow, A study of six decades of paintings by the American artist, Andrew Wyeth. The book includes comments by Wyeth about each painting, made in interviews with Thomas Hoving, that offer insights into the artist's life and art., Andrew Newell Wyeth (/ ˈ w aɪ. ɛ θ / WY-eth; July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style..