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One nation : patriots and pirates portrayed by N.C. Wyeth and James Wyeth
Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers), 1882-1945.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown and Company, [2000]

Physical Description:
109 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Me., Aug. 12, 2000-Jan. 1, 2001 and other venues.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
NC139.W93 A4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
NC139.W93 A4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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With drawings and paintings by N. C. Wyeth and his grandson, Jamie Wyeth, and an essay by Tom Brokaw, One Nation illustrates North Americas evolving definitions of patriot and pirate throughout this century.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The great twentieth-century American painter Andrew Wyeth resisted the overtly patriotic subjects that his father and his son embraced. That is probably just as well but says nothing against N. C. and James Wyeth's very different brands of patriotism. N. C. lived between the bellicose presidencies of the two Roosevelts, when national self-confidence and crusading fervor flourished. He created dramatic visions of the nation's nobility and its leaders' spiritual force. James is of the Vietnam and Watergate generation. His patriotism is humbler and also ironic, though not always as ironic as commentator Lauren Raye Smith thinks; surely the big flag hung on the rustic house in Islanders isn't "engulfing or protecting the two men" on the porch: it's expressing them. Arguing with the commentator is one of the prime pleasures art books enable, and this example features plenty of beautiful, meaningful pictures to admire and inspect, to boot. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

You can almost hear Kate Smith belting out "God Bless America" as you leaf through this unadulterated medley of 103 nationalistic images (where are the pirates?) by N.C. (1882-1945) and grandson James (b. 1960), two poles of the Wyeth orb who served as U.S. war artists. Soldiers, flags, battle scenes, eagles, and portraits of stoic presidents (reflecting James's fascination with the Kennedy Clan) abound in this catalog to a five-venue exhibition that opened at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME, in August. The most engaging works are James's sketches of the Watergate hearings and trials. Brief, uncritical, and jingoistic texts by curator Lauren Raye Smith, N.C. biographer David Michaelis, and anchor Tom Brokaw add little to the plates, which reproduce the artwork passably. Libraries are better served by Michaelis's N.C. Wyeth: A Biography (LJ 10/15/98), Andrew Wyeth: Autobiography (LJ 12/95), and Thomas Hoving's writings on the Wyeths.DRussell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.