Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Place Where I Live

A small but significant exhibition of previously unseen Andrew Wyeth paintings opens today at the Seattle Art Museum (alongside a way bigger show, Target Practice, which deserves several of its own posts). I thought I'd take the opportunity to post some images from this Wyeth book my parents had when I was a kid.

Andrew Wyeth (Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1968) with text by Life magazine reporter Richard Meryman

This massive book was, at least in my mind, one of the more valuable and special things we owned. I didn't get to look at it very often, so it always seemed new to me. In addition to just loving the color, the technique, the subjects and scenery, it was hugely influential in terms of thinking about fully exploring my immediate surroundings. Here are some select images from the book – click to enlarge.

"I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes. I see no reason for painting but that. If I have anything to offer, it is my emotional contact with the place where I live and the people I do." –Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth: Remembrance runs today through October 18th at the Seattle Art Museum.

1 comment:

Quinn said...

By the way, I love how artistic types tend to often perceive color and shapes ahead of of subjects and items, like the Kodachrome photograph Emily posted with the blues and yellows in the street photograph, and in the grab color compositions Strath posted.

I love how artists see.