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In this distinctive volume, acclaimed biographer Susan Goldman Rubin shares the fascinating story of the Wyeths—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie—three generations of painters and arguably the First Family of American Art. The accessible text traces the events that shaped their art and the ways their art influenced them in return, while the crisp design showcases gorgeous reproductiIn this distinctive volume, acclaimed biographer Susan Goldman Rubin shares the fascinating story of the Wyeths—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie—three generations of painters and arguably the First Family of American Art. The accessible text traces the events that shaped their art and the ways their art influenced them in return, while the crisp design showcases gorgeous reproductions of the works that have made the Wyeth family legendary....

Title : Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family
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ISBN : 9780811869843
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Number of Pages : 105 Pages
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Everybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family Reviews

  • Betsy
    2019-05-09 10:27

    For years it was my pleasure to work in the New York Public Library’s Central Children’s Room, located in the Donnell Library. The Central Children’s Room was the crown jewel of children’s literature in the city, and amongst its many treasures (which included a parrot-headed umbrella owned by Mary Poppins/P.L. Travers and the original Winnie-the-Pooh toys) were N.C. Wyeth’s original paintings from the book Robin Hood. I might be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure we owned them all. Certainly we didn’t put them all on display, but a fair number of them were available for the public and they turned out to be quite a draw for the local illustrators. Since those days the Donnell has been sold and the paintings transferred to the main branch of NYPL where they now grace the walls of the President of the library’s office. If you would like to see them it is not out of the question, but it is also not as easy as it once was. I, for my part, haven’t seen them in years. With that in mind, I think it makes perfect sense why I was drawn to Susan Goldman Rubin’s latest artistic picture book biography Everybody Paints! Not content to tell merely the story of one famous painter, Rubin dares to encapsulate the lives of three generations, with a particular focus on one painter in each. N.C., Andrew, and Jamie are presented to kids here in a clear-cut way that honestly displays their very interesting work.Meet the bronco buster. That’s one name you might give to N.C. Wyeth. Born to parents that thought he’d be better suited as a farmhand than as an artist, N.C. set about to prove himself. Before long he was apprenticed to the great Howard Pyle and became his star student. Wyeth became adept at cattle round-ups as well as painting scenes of action and adventure. His talents brought his lucrative illustration projects like Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Robin Hood. Along the way he sired talented offspring, each of whom had some kind of talent. Andrew Wyeth pursued his art with the same fervor as his dad, but while the fine art community had never officially accepted his father, Andrew was embraced almost immediately. In his footsteps followed Jamie, a painter who could work on everything from picture books to portraits of presidents. This is their story.Writing a biography of the Wyeths for children isn’t as fraught with potential peril as writing a biography of other artists might be. Having cut her teeth on bios about Diego Rivera (Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People) and Andy Warhol (Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter) the Wyeths must have struck Ms. Rubin as a true relief. This is not to say that there haven’t been rumors floating around them for years, but vague rumors are far easier to elide than numerous confirmed affairs and “The Factory”. The content is presented in a very nice, straightforward style. We meet each Wyeth in turn, and the narrative will slip from one to another without so much as a herk or a jerk. The sections are not particularly long. Indeed, the book itself is infinitely readable at just a scant 112 pages. That means that if a kid wants to do a bit of serious research they may need to find some additional books to cover the material more extensively. That said, Rubin provides the basic overview and allows the reader to fill in gaps on their own. Nothing wrong with that when you’re dealing with children’s book biographies.It was a Kirkus review of this book that sniffed that this particular book is “undersized and overdesigned.” The “undersized” criticism strikes me as particularly silly, perhaps in light of the fact that as a librarian I’ve seen too many art books rejected by child readers because they were “too big” to comfortably carry home. I’m a New York City librarian, so kids in my town have to lug and tote every book they take from the library themselves. There is no helpful waiting car to dump the load into. With that in mind our little patrons become quite savvy in the ways of pick up and retrieval. Imagine, if you will, that you are attempting to woo a kid with the assignment to read a book about a famous artist into reading this book. I can attest that there’s nothing worse than being cut off mid-spiel by a child who points out, quite logically, that the book is “too big”. I mean there’s no comeback to that! So yes, it’s true that the images in this collection aren’t the size that they are in real life. But that is more than made up for when it comes to the sheer number of images present.To the second criticism, that of being “overdesigned”, the book actually one in a series of artistic biographies done in a “gift book” style. Some of you may recall the rather gorgeous Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz that came out a couple years ago by Beverly Gherman. Like this book it wasn’t afraid to play around with an eclectic design. Lots of large fonts, different colored pages, and images, images, images. In this book Rubin skillfully alternates between photographs of her subjects and their families and their paintings. To an adult, I suppose the layout of this book might feel jarring but I’m quite fond of it. It kept me awake, allowed my eye to travel from text to image and back again freely, and best of all when Rubin mentions a famous photograph it’s right there for you to look at. You see, one complaint I’ve heard fielded at artistic biographies is that they don’t contain enough images of their subject’s work. How are you supposed to care about someone if you can’t see what it is that they themselves cared about? When Ms. Rubin wrote Diego Rivera I adored it. Some librarians, however, wanted a lot more images. Full paintings would be described but never seen. One might point out that in an internet age it’s fairly easy to see pictures of things whenever you want to, but the point stands. A book about an artist should do its duty and give its subject proper due. With that in mind, Everybody Paints! fairly pops with pictures. I don’t know enough about the rights to reproduce painted images in the way Rubin presents them here. What I do know is that she’s done a stand up and cheer job of it. Nothing major feels like it’s missing.In spite of the fact that there’s been a real push to promote great nonfiction books with kid readers, it can be a hard sell. Adults that are my age or older have a hard time remembering any particularly great books of nonfiction from when we were young (and no, the Childhood of Famous Americans series does NOT count). Few of us are aware that we’re in a golden age of great children’s informational titles. What Everybody Paints! does is typify this kind of book. It’s a hard subject that requires a deft hand. And with her abundance of experience in this particular area, Susan Goldman Rubin does her subjects proud. As beautiful as you would expect, and three times as fun as you might think to read.For ages 9 and up.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-28 12:37

    This is a biography of the most famous artistic family in America, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. Focusing primarily on their artistic training and family relationships, this study of three generations of artists, complete with full color pictures and sketches of their art work, is a very approachable, easy to read biography. Appropriate at any school library level, it’s brevity would place it perfectly in the Middle School.

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-04-25 07:23

    This multi-generational biographic profile of the Wyeth family is a stunning book, in narrative and visual content. Widely recognized as the preeminent American family of painters, the abundance of art and anecdotes form which to choose must have been daunting. in fact, though, biographer Susan Goldman Rubin has achieved her own masterpiece of storytelling and placement of selected pieces within each chapter. Just as the art of each individual (N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth) portrays specific images yet resonates with hidden stories and emotions, so too does the story of this incredible family. Rubin acknowledges that the women in the family were comparably talented, dedicated, and distinctive, but the focus in this book is on the passages from grandfather to father to grandson.Sprinkled throughout with concise nuggets of wisdom ("Study nature, not books.") and intricately woven aspects of real lives with images on canvas, even the most iconic illustrations or individual pieces take on new depth and significance in this reading.

  • Sherry
    2019-05-22 11:27

    Nice gathering of three generations of the exceptional Wyeth painters: N. C., Andrew and Jamie. Though mention is made of Henrietta and Carolyn's painting and teaching none of their work is shown. Informative text is lushly illustrated with photographs and reproductions of the art work of all three men. Pages are constantly varying in color to complement colors in the illustrations, which required constantly changing text color as well, which was sometimes difficult to read. Artistically designed with visual layout more important than readability. Still, well worth the reading.

  • Shirleen
    2019-05-13 09:39

    This book will whet your interest in this family producing three generations of famous American artists - N.C. Wyeth, his son Andrew, and Andrew's son James (Jamie). Each of the chapters gives a little backgound of one of their paintings. It was a pleasure to read this book.

  • Martha
    2019-05-07 08:32

    Everybody Paints succinctly tells the amazing story of three generations of Wyeth artists. Starting with the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, who created the wondrous illustrations for classics such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Boy's King Arthur. N.C. enjoyed fine arts painting as well, but with five children to raise, his commissions for illustration jobs took most of his time. His son Andrew Wyeth did find success as an American Realist painter. Shown in museums all over the world, Andrew Wyeth's egg-tempera paintings of scenes around Chadds Ford, and his summer home on the rocky coast of Maine comprise most of the subject matter. Andrew's son Jamie also a painter, motivated by his love of animals and nature is known for his famous "Portrait of Pig" as well as many dog paintings, and portraits of famous people such as Andy Warhol, John F. Kennedy. All of the Wyeth painters were taught by their fathers, except N.C. Wyeth who was formally trained by Howard Pyle, his son trained with Pyle as well. The elegant layout of this title with its earthy rich tones used as backgrounds and boarders to set off the spectacular artwork on almost every page is spectacular. Susan Goldman Rubin tells interesting anecdotes about each artist such as Andrew's fascination with playing with his toy soldiers, his son Jamie also loved playing with toy soldiers as well as dressing up in costumes, an interest he shared with his father. Grandfather, N.C. Wyeth is described as a man who cherished his children and spent lots of time teaching them art, and nurturing them in creative ways. This intimate look at a family truly committed to the serious training necessary to become great artists, coupled with a strong work ethic to continuously challenge themselves, explains how they all became so successful. This a fitting tribute to their legacy, which will be greatly enjoyed by readers interested in art.

  • Dustin
    2019-05-21 06:39

    Enter a museum exhibit of the Wyeth family with this gorgeous biography covering three generations of artists. This keepsake book has a lush, warm colored design and layout to compliment the engaging text and many pieces of Wyeth artwork on display. The story covers the lives of breakout illustrator N.C., dedicated painter Andrew, and exploring portrait artist Jamie, but there is much more to them than just a simple label or single piece of artwork. We learn about the wrinkles and curves in each artist’s life and the rest of the family’s role in their development. The motivations and honest insights into their work make this a fascinating text for aspiring artists and art historians alike. Susan Goldman Rubin has created an accessible and enjoyable masterpiece, which feels like a trip to the Brandywine Art Museum that hosts much of the family’s collection.Having spent many afternoons wandering the galleries of Brandywine, this story was an instant attraction for me. Rubin conveys the Wyeths’ travels and work in a manner that brings it to life for middle aged readers and older. Each piece of famous art has a story behind it, and I was delighted to learn several new examples. I will look at Jamie’s Portrait of Pig, Andrew’s famous Christina’s World, and N.C.’s Treasure Island and Robin Hood illustrations with a new appreciation. This family biography is accessible for newcomers as well as long time devotees to the Wyeth galleries.

  • Kk
    2019-05-14 10:30

    I have always loved N.C. Wyeth's art. My first memory of viewing his art was in a collection of classic tales that my father owned and read to us as children - Robin Hood, Treasure Island etc. and I was incredibly taken with his illustrations of these books (and still am). And since I had such a keen appreciation for his art I began to research and learn about him and his family. So I was thrilled to see this little book on our New Book shelf at the library and quickly grabbed it to give it a read. While clearly well researched and nicely illustrated with many of the mentioned works of art, the colors of pages and fonts I am afraid will make some unwilling to wade through the text. Also I was hugely disappointed that the book only focuses on the male line of the artistic family, almost entirely ignoring Henriette Wyeth who married Peter Hurd and was a well known artist in her own right. Did marrying a Westerner and then moving to "faraway" New Mexico not merit her inclusion in this little book in any detail? If one is to write that "Everybody Paints!" and use a subtitle of "the Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family" perhaps at least some inclusion of the female representative of the illustrious family be included. Therefore, I was not as happy to conclude reading this book as I might have been had the entire family been included. A huge oversight I think and a detriment to the authenticity of the book.

  • Becky B
    2019-05-06 05:16

    The author introduces readers to three generations of the Wyeth family, focusing on N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth (though other artists in the family also frequently appear, like N.C.’s sister Carolyn). You also get little looks into the life of Howard Pyle (who apprenticed N.C.).I’ve always been a fan of the illustrated classics N.C. Wyeth is famous for illustrating. I found the information on the entire Wyeth family fascinating. This book just focuses on main points of their lives, but it was sufficient to give a good introduction to each generation. I learned a lot. The best part about this book is the way it has been put together, it feels like a serious work of art itself. Numerous painting reproductions, photographs of the family, the glossy paper, and full color pages make this a feast for the eyes as well as a highly readable biography. It also gives great insight into how much work is required of painters. Several Wyeth family members’ daily routines are included, and all were hard working. It’s a good dose of reality for want to be painters who think its going to be all fun and ease.Notes on content: I think there was one minor swearword in a quote. No sexual content. N.C. and his grandson were killed in a train accident, but there are no gory details.

  • Kristine
    2019-05-08 08:30

    What a fascinating family! I have now added the Brandywine River Museum to my bucket list. This book tells the story of the N.C. Wyeth family and mainly of N.C., his son Andrew and Andrew's son Jamie who are all accomplished artists. To me, one of the things that makes this book stand out from other nonfiction texts is the fact that nearly every painting mentioned in the text is included in the book as a full page illustration. As a reader, I love being able to refer to the picture and back the text as I read and reread. The powerful message in this book of finding your passion and pursuing it is applicable to anyone. As I a parent, the message of being the kind of parent who helps your child pursue their passion, even though it may not be your passion, is uplifting and something to strive for.This book would make an excellent mentor text for informative writing as well as author's craft.

  • Christina
    2019-04-27 12:17

    Beautifully designed book, with solid color pages and full page reproductions of some of the paintings of all three Wyeth artists. Very eye-catching for young readers. Tells the story of the family from N.C. Wyeth's childhood through to present day, with the stories of his son Andrew and his grandson Jamie, who all became successful painters but also endured their share of tragedy. Many quotes--although the sources of the quotes are given on the author's website, not in the book itself, due to space considerations; this is something I'm not quite sure about, does that detract from the book's quality (it's kind of a "cheat") or add to it because it allows for more room for art and text? In any event, a fascinating book for a fascinating family.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-04 04:26

    What a great basic introduction to the Wyeth family and their art! I saw this at the National Gallery but didn't buy it. Regretting that decision I ordered it on Amazon as a gift for my artist wife. I read it on vacation and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a very basic outline of the lives of three generations of Wyeths and includes samples of their amazing art. Designed for young adults, I would recommend it for anyone interested in this amazing family of American art; young or old.

  • Kristine
    2019-05-03 08:42

    My introduction to the Wyeths was an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth's paintings at the deYoung Museum in 1972. I was enchanted. That museum experience was the beginning of a so far, lifelong love of art and artists and museums. This book is just lovely...and contains reproductions of some of NC's, Andrew's, and Jamie's best work.

  • Tara
    2019-05-26 12:26

    I am not an art expert and had never heard of the Wyeth family when I was drawn to this book at the library. I like reading YA non-fiction and this author did a fantastic job of appealing to all ages. The Wyeth family and their art is fascinating and I followed up the book with some online research of my own just to see a wider sample of the artwork. Great book!

  • Donalyn
    2019-05-06 06:43

    A fascinating look at the Wyeth family-- three generations of renowned American artists. I enjoyed reading this book because I've seen several Wyeth paintings and illustrations in museums, but I wonder how this book will appeal to younger readers. It's perfect for research with lots of images and source notes.

  • Pam
    2019-05-08 08:36

    As a huge fan of Wyeth family art I truly enjoyed this book. The overview of each of the three artists was brief yet thorough and incorporated pieces of each of their personal story with their ideas about their art.

  • Jane G Meyer
    2019-05-23 05:38

    Included in our art studies of Andrew Wyeth.An easy book for kids to read through when studying NC or Andrew Wyeth. Well-designed and sturdy, filled with illustrations by the artists, and worth including when studying the Wyeth family...

  • Kim
    2019-05-21 10:40

    I am about to show my ignorance. I had heard of an artist named Wyeth, but I had NO idea that there was a whole family of artists. I always love learning new things, especially when the book I am reading is so engaging.

  • Diana
    2019-05-05 11:42

    Great introductory biography of three generations of the artistic Wyeth family. There are lots of photographs of the family and representative illustrations and paintings from N.C., Andrew and Jamie. Geared towards children but not dumbed down.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-23 09:16

    What a creative family! Fascinating story of the Wyeth family. Andrew, probably the most famous, felt he was the least talented. But he was so determined to develop as an artist. He practiced drawing everyday! Goes to show that if you have the desire to do something great, you can do it!

  • Susan
    2019-05-01 08:34

    This is an excellent young adult art book that tells the stories of the lives of N. C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. There us a painting or drawing on every-other page, which really would keep the attention of the YA crowd. Great work, Ms. Rubin.

  • Linda
    2019-05-13 12:28

    Interesting glimpse into the lives and art of 3 generations of Wyeth painters. I loved the reproductions of the paintings that were included in the book.

  • Pamela Powell
    2019-05-05 08:34

    An interesting look at a major art family. A good case-study on the impact of environment.

  • Brian Kelley
    2019-05-07 06:43

    Loved it. Great for kids interested in art.

  • Janie
    2019-05-02 07:14

    exceptionally engaging YA (and adult!) exploration of the Wyeth family, their environment, and their contribution to American art

  • Ann
    2019-05-08 09:23

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