This retrospective, the first in more than 30 years, presents a full range of Jamie Wyeth's work from his earliest, virtuoso portraits to his most current mysteriously symbolic seascapes. The accompanying essays explore his creative process as he revisits themes and subjects central to his vision—the landscapes of the Brandywine River Valley and coastal Maine, family members and fellow artists, domestic and wild animals—and place him in the context of his own distinguished artistic heritage as well as the long tradition of American realist painting and its contemporary revival. The more than 100 paintings and works on paper lavishly reproduced in this book invite us to discover what meets the eye of a prodigiously gifted, adamantly individualistic American artist.
About the Author
Elliot Bostwick Davis is John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. David Houston is the executive director of the Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia.