Andrew WyethU.S. b. 1917
clam Digger in Turkey Cove 39.0429
Andrew Wyeth's paintings and watercolors of the two areas he knows best, the Brandywine Valley near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and the Port Clyde area of the Maine coast (the likely scene for Turkey Cove), are prized for their masterful portrayal of landscape and sky. They also inevitably convey a sense of loneliness and nostalgia. Wyeth was trained by his father, N.C. Wyeth, a successful illustrator, to have a keen eye and to be a superb draughtsman. The senior Wyeth taught Andrew how to sketch, figure after figure, and then to draw without the aid of a model, to get to "the truth of the object," no longer copying, but creating works from memory, and at rapid speeds. The scenes he depicted, although naturalistic, were not exact; he selected and eliminated certain objects or areas to produce a simpler composition, and to, therefore, heighten the experience and emotional content of his works.
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