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N.C. Wyeth Quotes

Quotes by N.C. Wyeth - (51 quotes)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Aging category:

It's a shock for me to go through and see all those years of painting my life, which is very personal for me. It's a very difficult thing for an artist to look back at his work. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Art category:

Art to me, is seeing. I think you have got to use your eyes, as well as your emotion, and one without the other just doesn't work. That's my art. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Artists category:

Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art. It is important to forget about what you are doing – then a work of art may happen. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Books category:

I surrendered to a world of my imagination, re-enacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Challenge category:

-on painting Christina's World...
The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless... limited physically but by no means spiritually. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Collectors category:

I've never studied the Japanese. That's something that must have crept in there. But the Japanese are my biggest clients. They seem to like the elemental quality. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Colour category:

I love to study the many things that grow below the corn stalks and bring them back to the studio to study the color. If one could only catch that true color of nature – the very thought of it drives me mad. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Communication category:

I get letters from people about my work. The thing that pleases me most is that my work touches their feelings. In fact, they don't talk about the paintings. They end up telling me the story of their life or how their father died. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Criticism category:

The most irritating experience for an artist is to have his work criticized before it is finished. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Deception category:

My pencil is like a fencer's foil. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Design category:

It's all in how you arrange the thing... the careful balance of the design is the motion. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Drawing category:

And, of course, I began drawing so much - wild, undisciplined pencil drawings and watercolors of knights battling and such. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Exhibitions category:

To have all your life's work and to have them along the wall, it's like walking in with no clothes on. It's terrible. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Freedom category:

My aim is to escape from the medium with which I work; to leave no residue of technical mannerisms to stand between my expression and the observer. To seek freedom through significant form and design rather than through the diversion of so-called free and accidental brush handling. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Growth category:

You think you're developing and getting better and then you see something you did years ago. Looking at your early work.. sometimes it has a depth that surprises you. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Health category:

I had whooping cough when I was very young, which left me with bronchial problems, and I would always pick up colds. I was very thin and nervous so my father and mother took me out of school and had me tutored at home. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Loneliness category:

Well, being the youngest child and frail, I was left alone a great deal of the time. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Love category:

One's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Magic category:

I don't think that there is anything that is really magical unless it has a terrifying quality. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Mirrors category:

There's a quote from Hamlet that is my guide... He tells the players not to exaggerate but to hold a mirror up to nature. Don't overdo it, don't underdo it. Do it just on the line. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Nature category:

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Nudes category:

Her husband, he's German you know. When her husband came to me, I said, 'John, you don't mind me painting your wife.' And he said, 'No, that's fine, just don't paint her nude. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Painting category:

I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Plein-Air category:

God, I've frozen my ass off painting snow scenes! (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Profession category:

At 18 I began painting steadily full time and at age 20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Purpose category:

My aim is not to exhibit craft, but rather to submerge it, and make it rightfully the handmaiden of beauty, power and emotional content. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Rules category:

What you have to do is break all the rules. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Simplicity category:

When you lose your simplicity, you lose your drama. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Spectator category:

I'm a secretive bastard. I would never let anybody watch me painting... it would be like somebody watching you have sex - painting is that personal to me. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Struggle category:

-The Helga Pictures
My struggle is to preserve that abstract flash - like something you caught out of the corner of your eye, but in the picture you can look at it directly. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Studio category:

I don't really have studios. I wander around people's attics, out in fields, in cellars, anyplace I find that invites me. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Subject category:

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. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Technique category:

To be interested solely in technique would be a very superficial thing to me. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Time category:

It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Truth category:

I can't work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth; and then I can fly free. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Watercolours category:

-on watercolour...
The only virtue to it, is to put down an idea about what you feel at the moment. (Andrew Wyeth)

Andrew Wyeth - From the Windows category:

If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion you felt in the first place goes flying out the window. (Andrew Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Danger category:

The danger, I find, is that you can become too formulaic, like some commissioned portrait painters who develop a methodology. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Discipline category:

Painting is as difficult as brain surgery. It's not that relaxing. But that's the discipline. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Inspiration category:

I'm not inspired every day I go to the studio, but you've got to push yourself. Do it every day and once in a while things will really click. That's the biggest high you can imagine. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Interest category:

My interest in painting is recording things. I think of myself as almost a documentary filmmaker... I've gotten into some curious situations... (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Photography category:

When painting portraits a lot of people say, 'Why not get a photograph of the person?' Photography is wonderful and it is an art form in itself, but... my portrait is a culmination of elements... a truer image of a person than just the 'click' of a snapshot. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Portraiture category:

Everything I paint is a portrait, whatever the subject. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Portraiture category:

When I paint a portrait I want to know more than just the looks of the person. I want to know how they live and what their feelings are... It then becomes more than just physiognomy, but the feel of the person. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Portraiture category:

I'm an odd portrait painter in that I'm not just interested in human faces. I consider almost all of my paintings to be portraits. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Realism category:

Interesting is when one can produce a picture that is pretty, but with undercurrents. The metaphor that comes to mind is in the poems of Robert Frost. (Jamie Wyeth)

Jamie Wyeth - From the Searching category:

Painting to me is constant searching. I can see what I want, but I can't get there, and yet you have to be open enough that if it goes another way, then let it go that way. (Jamie Wyeth)

N. C. Wyeth - From the Critics category:

By the late twenties and early thirties my easel pictures were being shown and somewhat admired. Critics used the word 'illustrator' as a denigrating label. I resented the implied barrier between illustration and painting but I was too busy to enter into controversy. Both illustrator and painter are artists who are in pictorial communication. Both should be measured by their competence -- not by artificial compartments contrived by critics. (N. C. Wyeth)

N. C. Wyeth - From the Enthusiasm category:

- at age 29, in a letter to his mother, July 26, 1911...
Treasure Island is completed! The entire set of seventeen canvases without one break in my enthusiasm and spirit. Better in every quality than anything I ever did. (N. C. Wyeth)

N. C. Wyeth - From the Experience category:

If you paint a man leaning over, your own back must ache. (N. C. Wyeth)

N. C. Wyeth - From the Mediocrity category:

The sheep-like tendency of human society soon makes inroads on a child's unsophistications, and then popular education completes the dastardly work with its systematic formulas, and away goes the individual, hurtling through space into that hateful oblivion of mediocrity. We are pruned into stumps, one resembling another, without character or grace. (N. C. Wyeth)

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Last modified: November 29, 2015