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Andrew Wyeth: A Spoken Self-Portrait: Selected and Arranged by Richard Meryman from Recorded Conversations with the Artist, 1964-2007
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Andrew Wyeth: A Spoken Self-Portrait: Selected and Arranged by Richard Meryman from Recorded Conversations with the Artist, 1964-2007

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by Andrew Wyeth (Artist)
 
Richard Meryman began an enduring friendship with Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) while on the job as a Life magazine editor in 1964. For Meryman, this unique friendship yielded more than four decades of recorded conversations with Wyeth, his family, friends and neighbors in Wyeth’s homes in Pennsylvania and Maine. Meryman notes that, whether during formal

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Richard Meryman began an enduring friendship with Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) while on the job as a Life magazine editor in 1964. For Meryman, this unique friendship yielded more than four decades of recorded conversations with Wyeth, his family, friends and neighbors in Wyeth’s homes in Pennsylvania and Maine. Meryman notes that, whether during formal interviews, shared meals, car rides or long walks, “Wyeth applied to himself the same sensitive understandings that fueled his art. A lifelong realist who swam against the art world tide of modernism, he showed himself to be fundamentally a painter of emotion--of people and objects that somehow embodied his memories and imagination, triggering feelings inexpressible in words, but recognized by viewers.” In five skillfully crafted monologues composed by Meryman around key themes in Wyeth’s work, we hear the voices of not only the artist but also his subjects, neighbors, relatives and critics. The book includes reproductions of the works of art discussed by Wyeth in his own words, as well as previously unpublished photographs of Wyeth’s studio taken in 2009.
Richard Meryman is the author of the acclaimed biography Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life (1996).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/02/2013
This carefully-rendered portrayal of an important American painter feels like spending an afternoon in the late artist's home. Former Life editor Meryman has edited decades of recordings of conversations with the artist, his family and closest friends. The result is a fully realized picture of the man, the environment, and family that influenced him, and the people who populated his paintings. His wife Betsy recounts the electricity of their first meeting as well as insights into some of Wyeth's most important paintings; his siblings describe the creative atmosphere fostered by Wyeth's father, also a painter, and the intense training he bequeathed to a young Andrew; Wyeth himself discusses his sorrow over his father's tragic death and the paintings which helped him grieve. Besides these biographical insights, there are long passages describing, in his own words, Wyeth's relationship to abstraction—though considered a realist, he saw his work as kindred to that of the abstractionists—and to other major artists of the day. This book is a rare depiction of an artist that succeeds in bringing across the sense of the man, as well as the master of his craft. Color illus. (Nov.)
Library Journal
04/01/2014
Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) was the youngest child in a large, talented family, descended from New England settlers, and the aesthetic heir to 19th-century realist masters Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. His genius as a painter was to extend and affirm American realism through great skill and reverence for his subject matter, despite the flowering of abstractionism during his life. His weedy and stark landscapes and portraits of weathered faces are among the most memorable American paintings of the 20th century. Here is the first major work devoted to this home-grown American regionalist since his death. Journalist Meryman (Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life) befriended Wyeth while working as an editor at Life magazine in the 1960s, and herein are decades of conversations, positioned alongside brilliantly selected reproductions of Wyeth's exquisite paintings and drawings. The artist had a lot to say. Typical is a fascinating late-in-life interview, long after he had won fame for his exceptional, enigmatic works. In it, he outlines his thematic and aesthetic development, often under the benevolent tutelage of his father, renowned illustrator N.C. Wyeth. The painter's tone is often one of an accomplished, self-aware expert, providing direct insight into his process and character, while the presence of his images reminds us of his evolving creative achievements. VERDICT This book gives a penetrating view into the world of a significant American master and will be useful to both visual artists and those who study them.—Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938922183
Publisher:
National Gallery of Art, Washington/D.A.P.
Publication date:
10/31/2013
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
469,526
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliantly composed and orchestrated conversation. You feel as if you are having the conversation with Andrew Wyeth. Much to be enjoyed and learned.