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I have been an admirer of Wyeth's work and student of his methods. Ms Wyeth's book is filled with prestudy materials and brisk, almost gnomic commentaries. The pictures do most of the work, and that's fitting. Accounts of Wyeth fairly haunting the Olsons' homestead are part of the Wyeth lore. What's refreshing is the range of completeness of Wyeth's studies in watercolour,drybrush, and tempera. We're used to seeing the forbiddingly polished finished work, qualifying Wyeth as a genius. Seeing the ...more
Andrew Wyeth's wife Betsy was the driving force behind assembling this remarkable collection consisting of all the pre-studies and paintings that Andrew Wyeth did out at the Olson farm, indoors and out, over a period of twenty-odd years, including his most memorable painting Christina's World. The text and photographs provide a context for this body of work, not only of the Olson's isolated, rural world, but of the artistic development of Wyeth and his and Betsy's enduring friendship with Christ ...more
This is a beautiful beautiful book. the back story on Christina Olson and her brother Alvaro and their home in Cushing Maine brought me to tears. It's not a lot to reading Betsy Wyeth's memories of Christina and her world, the drawings and illustrations of the paintings are delightful, but it's their life, and the hardships that they, like true New Englanders, never complained about that is so truly fascinating.
The black and white photos along with the narrative about Wyeth's relationship with Christina and Alvaro Olson is wonderful. Of course the pencil sketches, watercolors, dry brush and tempera works of art are fantastic. Great book.