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N.C. Wyeth: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings

ncwyethcr.jpgThe catalogue raisonné is an essential part of art research.  Translated from French, the latter term raisonné means methodical, rational.  When combined with the former, the phrase defines as a descriptive, analytical list or catalog.  Many of these volumes present as just that, a complete listing of all known works by an artist.  Completeness being what it is, there are often multiple printings and revisions to these texts. Newly published, N.C. Wyeth: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings is a fascinating two volume set on the painter and illustrator.  The first one hundred pages of the text is devoted to a biography of the artist and a discussion of his techniques.  His work is split up in the remaining eight hundred pages by medium, as such, illustrations, murals and architectural decoration, commercial work, landscapes, still life, portraiture and private paintings, and ending with a miscellaneous section titled other work.  Newell Convers Wyeth was born in 1882 in Needham, Massachusetts, the son of a merchant.  At a young age he began a course of study with the illustrator Howard Pyle, supporting himself by selling his work to magazines like the Saturday Evening Post.  Wyeth excelled in producing work for publications, of which many are presented here.  This sense drama, scene, and composition informed his work throughout his life.  The author, Christine B. Podmaniczy is the Associate Curator of N.C. Wyeth Collections at the Brandywine River Museum.  The two volume set is in recent acquisitions, in the center of the reading room.  ND237.W94A4 2008