Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Artist of the Month; NC Wyeth
Almost five years into this blog and I've not mentioned one of the greatest illustrators of the Golden Age! Newell Convers Wyeth is one of the most famous illustrators in American history and his work is still famous today sixty six years after his death. Famous that is, to those who pay attention to illustration at least.
Wyeth was an industrious illustrator, but his most famous work, that which has guaranteed the memory of his work, were book illustrations he did for such classics as 'Treasure Island', 'Kidnapped', 'King Arthur', 'Robin Hood', 'The Last of the Mohicans' and 'Robinson Crusoe'. These paintings, done in a similar style to the work of Wyeth's former tutor Howard Pyle, are full of colour and vigour, and have proven an inspiration to many a latter illustrator, concept artist or art student. I know I have been influenced by Wyeth's work and I've often poured my gaze over his images with loving jealousy.