United States, (1882-1945)
About the Artist
Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945) known as N.C. Wyeth, was a US realist painter and illustrator. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books which is the work for which he is best-known even though his work in paint is equally or perhaps better skilled.
Wyeth began his career illustrating classic literature and also did magazine illustrations, posters, calendars, advertisements, murals for public and private buildings and, during both World Wars, he contributed patriotic images to government and private agencies. These works provided him with the majority of his income throughout his life, yet Wyeth loathed the commercialism upon which he had become dependent feeling it kept him from expressing his inner feelings allowing only to express an “imitation” of feeling. He felt only his painting allowed him to express himself.
N.C. Wyeth is the father of the painter Andrew Wyeth; Henriette Wyeth Hurd and Carolyn Wyeth also artists; Ann Wyeth McCoy, an artist and composer; and Nathaniel C. Wyeth was an engineer for DuPont. He is the grandfather of artist Jamie Wyeth and musician Howard Wyeth. [DES-01/11]