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N.C. Wyeth
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Artist
    (October 22, 1882-October 19, 1945)
    Born in Needham, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was Newell Convers Wyeth
    Realist painter and children's book illustrator
    Completed over 3,000 paintings; illustrated 112 books
    Provided illustrations for prominent periodicals, including The Saturday Evening Post, Century, Harper's Monthly, Ladies' Home Journal, McClure's, Outing, and Popular Magazine
    Illustrated editions of 'Kidnapped' (1913), 'Robin Hood' (1917), 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1919), 'Robinson Crusoe' (1920), 'Rip Van Winkle' (1921), 'The White Company' (1922), and 'The Yearling' (1939)
    Best known for painting a series of illustrations for an edition of 'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson (1911)
    Father of painter Andrew Wyeth
    He painted advertisements for Lucky Strike Tobacco products.
    His non-illustrative portrait/landscape painting style changed constantly (ranging from realism to impressionism).
    He claimed to have an 'acute sense of muscle strain' when drawing working class figures.
    He disliked how his work was commercialised in later years.
    He also complained about 'bitching himself to money men' 'with the accursed success in skin-deep pictures and illustrations.'
    He said 'painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other' (huh? Of course they can...)
    His mother was a Swiss immigrant, but his father traced his ancestry back to the Mayflower.
    He grew up on his family's farm, spending much of his time hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors.
    He is widely regarded as one of America's greatest illustrators.
    He studied under the famed children's book author, Howard Pyle.
    He toured the American West on two occasions to gain first hand experience with Native American culture and 'cowboy life' for his magazine illustrations.
    The proceeds from his 'Treasure Island' artwork provided the funds needed to open his own studio and gallery.
    He tended to illustrate scenes from the books he worked on that had little physical description, so his imagination could go to town with it.
    He variously entertained F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hugh Walpole, Lillian Gish, and John Gilbert at his home.
    He was killed after the vehicle he and his grandson were riding in was struck by a freight train at a railway crossing near his home.
    His rendering of Billy Bones from 'Treasure Island' was featured on a 34-cent US Postage Stamp as part of the USPS' American Illustrator Series, in 2000.
    Six of his paintings/illustrations, stolen from the Portland Museum of Art, eventually were recovered by the FBI, in Massachusetts (Nov. 2015).

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