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Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life by Richard Meryman 0060929219 9780060929213
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Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life by Richard Meryman

A revelation. No one will ever view Andrew Wyeths apparently tranquil works the same way again after reading this vivid and astonishing portrait of the turbulent, driven man who paints them. Richard Meryman has written a wonderful book. - Geoffrey C. Ward At its most fundamental level, this stunning and unique biography describes a distinguished painters enterprise of transmitting emotion onto a flat surface. It explores all the factors that have combined to create Andrew Wyeth -- his childhood in a hothouse of creativity; his hypersensitivity; his formidable wife; his identification with people marginalized and misunderstood -- all which have made him an American icon. In the process, his realist works in watercolor and tempera, including the famous Christinas World, have gained him a special and secure niche in the history of American art. The book is a portrait of obsession -- how single-mindedness has affected Wyeths relationships and transformed his world into a realm of secrecy and fervid imagination. Those who read this book will never look at Wyeths work as they did before. It reveals the artists dark depths, as well as the ruthless, angry, child/man fantasist who paints the basic brutalities of existence -- death and madness --that vibrate eerily beneath his pictures calm surfaces. Richard Merymans narrative is almost novelistic, with its larger-than-life characters and subplots: the tragedy of C.C. Wyeth; Betsy Wyeths campaign for independence and individuality; the byzantine 15-year-long drama of the Helga paintings; the eccentric and creative Wyeth clan; and the idiosyncratic land and people of Maine and Pennsylvania. Based on 30 years of research, frequent visits and countless conversations with the artist, his family, friends, admirers and critics, Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life is the only book about the man and the artist that gets behind his carefully guarded screen, tells the full story of his life and reveals his complex personality and the motivations for his paintings.

Author: Richard Meryman

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 464

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Publication Date: 1998-04-21

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