Friday, October 29, 2010

N. C. Wyeth

Newell Convers Wyeth is the artist I would like to introduce you to this month. He was known as N. C. Wyeth and was an American illustrator and artist. He illustrated many books. He was born on a farm in Needham, Massachusetts on October 22, 1882.

He moved to Pennsylvania to study with an artist named Howard Pyle. He settled in Chadds Ford, PA (that is close to Philadelphia), married, and raised five children. N. C. Wyeth worked very hard as an illustrator in order to give his family the financial freedom to follow their own pursuits.

His son, Andrew Wyeth is considered one of America’s best artists who painted realistic scenes from American life. The Brandywine River Museum is a great place to visit and see art work by both of these artists as well as other members of the family.

N. C. Wyeth loved the idea of Christmas and Santa. In 1925 he created this image of Santa.
Since he was a very large man himself, N.C. liked to dress up as Santa for his children every year.

Look at some of his illustrations. Do you see the pirate? Do you think pirates looked like him? How about Paul Revere on his horse? Do you think you would like to be an illustrator?

I love to read books with great illustrations. N. C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell are two of my favorite American illustrators. Since watercolor is one of my passions I also loved Andrew Wyeth, N. C.'s son.