The Wyeth Family

N. C. Wyeth

The patriarch of three generations of Wyeth-Hurd artists. Wyeth is best known as an illustrator and his images appear in children's classics, tales of adventure, historic and patriotic poems, and magazine stories.

In his drawings, we can see Wyeth's grasp of human form, muscular framework, mass, weight and range of expressions. He was able to recall exact details from the scenes and places around him; therefore his illustrations appear as if they are observed from life although they were often not. Eventually, Wyeth would be best known for his outstanding book illustrations for Scribner's Illustrated Classics such as Treasure Island, The Boy's King Author and Robinson Crusoe. Read more on N. C. Wyeth.


The youngest son of N.C. Wyeth is the best known artist in the family. He has been recognized internationally as America’s foremost realist. Andrew was particularly close to his father and began studying with him at an early age. N.C. felt that the years most children spent in school were the most critical time for an artist to perfect his craft, to absorb, and learn, to “see” as an artist.

The essence of Andrew Wyeth’s art is best expressed in his own words, “I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it...I always want to see the third dimension of something...I want to come alive with the object.”


NC Wyeth's first child, is considered by many art scholars to be one of the great women painters of the 20th century. She began studying with her father, N.C. Wyeth, at the age of eleven. A childhood bout with polio crippled her right hand. Even so, holding a paint brush between her first and second fingers, she developed into a fine portraitist even as a teenager.

Henriette Wyeth's paintings reflect the deep appreciation she felt for the brief bloom of a flower, or a fleeting expression on a child's face; an integral part of what she termed "the deliciousness of life." She appreciated beauty on a very deep level.


JAMES WYETH has since adolescence attracted considerable attention as a third-generation American artist: son of Andrew Wyeth, among the country's most popular painters, and the grandson of Newell Convers Wyeth. He showed remarkable talent and gained great recognition very early in life. Jamie began his formal training with his aunt, Carolyn Wyeth.

Non-human subjects were common themes throughout his paintings. A sensitive observer of his rural surroundings, he painted livestock and other animals with the same care and intensity he devoted to portraits of people.


CAROLYN WYETH, the second daughter of N.C. Wyeth demonstrated a talent for drawing at an early age. She studied with her father for nineteen years-longer than any of his other students.

Carolyn painted the world she knew best, the eighteen acres of land that surrounded her home. Her brooding, introspective work displays a raw power seldom seen in contemporary painting. In spite of her avoidance of publicity, many critics and collectors have discovered her talents. She has been called by some, “the best painter in the family” and “the strongest woman artist in America today.”

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