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Book Title: Autobiography|
The author of the book: Andrew Wyeth
ISBN 13: 9780821225691
Date of issue: September 15th 1998
Format files: PDF
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Why did I let this book rest on the shelf for several years before actually reading it? It's not an autobiography in the traditional sense, but I finished it feeling as if I'd actually met Wyeth. He describes his inspiration, thoughts, and techniques, as well as setting and season of a good many of his paintings. The paintings are arranged chronologically. There is minimal reference to schooling and family life, or to any other info that one usually expects to find in an autobiography. Wyeth uses his art to reveal the workings of his mind, which seems appropriate.
Wyeth seems to have been judgmental, self-centered, callous, temperamental ... not someone who would be described as kind, generous, compassionate, or exuberant. That's how I interpret his art and commentary.
I gave myself the task of picking three paintings that I would want to hang in my home (others may be "better" but I wouldn't want to live with them). I eliminated several because they were too grim or too dark. Here are my choices:
1975 Loden Coat (p 104)
This is Helga. ... When I saw her walking down that entrance road, I thought of all her German qualities ...
I like the balance of light and dark, the use of color, and feeling that I could step into the painting and walk along with Helga.
1979 Open House (p 117)
This tempera is of a house on a back road in Maine where horses were rented out to ride. ...
An intriguing house where horses can wander freely. Not a usual scene.
1989 Pentecost (p 143)
I think it is beautiful, and I can't always say that about my paintings. I felt the spirit of something when I did it, ...
Light and airy with a vast expanse of open space and a glimpse of ocean.
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