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Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures

Wyeth, Andrew; text by John Wilmerding

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ISBN 10: 0810917882 / ISBN 13: 9780810917880
Published by Abrams Inc, New York, 1987
Condition: New/New. Hardcover
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This stunning book contains all 294 paintings, dwgs, and sketches of Helga testorf, a model whom Wyeth painted in secret over 15 years, a powerful body of work. Mint copy of HB 1st in perfect jacket. Laid-in is a copy of newspaper article about a National Gallery exhibition of the the Helga pictures. 9-3/4 x 11-1/4, 208 pp, index, bibliography, exhibitions, list of works, color reproductions, beige endpapers. Oversize Hardcover in thick red cloth boards w gilt titling, in color reproduction jacket. No edition stated, assumed 1st printing. Bookseller Inventory # 24845

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Title: Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures

Publisher: Abrams Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New/New.

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Wyeth's acclaimed masterworks are now available in paperback. This book launched the celebrated exhibition seen by millions at museums around the world. The Abrams book is so handsomely reproduced one might be tempted to take the reproductions for the real thing.--The Wall Street Journal. 194 illustrations, including 96 in full color.

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The announcement nine months ago that 240 hitherto unknown paintings and drawings by Andrew Wyeth had been bought by collector Leonard Andrews and would go on show was front-page news. Abrams, which helped to arrange the initial exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., here publishes the entire collection of Wyeth's renderings of his neighbor Helga Testorf, with a text by the gallery's deputy director. There is also a rather foolish piece by Andrews ("I personally feel he is so far ahead of any other living artist that it is hard to name the second best"). The pictures, meticulously reproduced, range widely in mood, from sensuous nudes to somber studies of Helga in assorted rustic landscapes and interiors; they are examples of fine craftsmanship but continue to leave open the question of whether Wyeth is more than a highly skilled illustrator with a flair for drama and atmosphere. In any case, the controversy in the art world about Wyeth's stature (merely hinted at in a footnote here), and the traditional romantic speculation about artist and model, seem certain to fuel sales. 400,000 first printing; BOMC main selection.
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