Sunday, April 17, 2016

N. C. Wyeth, Pennsylvania Treasure

The Reading Boy

Boy reading book with pirate ship background

From the creative genius of N. C. Wyeth, American artist and popular illustrator of the 20th century, active until 1945 when he perished in tragic car-train accident. He took up residence at Chadds Ford in southeastern Pennsylvania and established the area as the home ground for son Andrew and grandson Jamie––a patrimony of great importance to American art today.

We here think this wonderful illustration depicting soaring imagination is a very fitting symbol for our forthcoming blog, Books for Boys. A symbol for this blog's interest in encouraging boys, the reluctant readers in most households, to learn the wonders of good and classic works.

Wyeth produced an astonishing number of illustrations and non-commercial pieces. Leaf through classic works of James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Louis Stevenson, Daniel Defoe, Washington Irving and most likely you'll encounter Wyeth's heroic depictions of characters, hero or heroines, and adventurous treks. Who can determine if boys and other readers were more inspired by the text or the Illustrations?

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