Thursday, June 24, 2010

NC Wyeth's "Treasure Island"

By guest author, Charlie Allen

Once again a visit with N.C.WYETH....and with his paintings for Robert Lewis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'.

The fourteen images (6 of which are included on this blog) are from a calendar beautifully produced in 1983 by Charles Scribner & Sons. They were reproduced and printed in Japan. The quality and color fidelity from the mostly original paintings (instead of from book reproductions) is outstanding. A heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to Charles Scribner & Sons for making this great art available to the public is not enough.

As said in the earlier blog, Wyeth was proud of these illustrations, saying, "I've turned out a set of pictures, without doubt far better quality than anything I ever did... "

I have no firm data on the size of these, but know Wyeth painting in oils was comfortable with large sizes. When an artist of Wyeth's abilities waxes that enthusiastic about out, Nellie!

Beginning with Wyeth's over design of fierce pirates, crossed pistols, saber wielding, each illustration has a marvelous choice of characters, fine original composition, and they're designed together to compliment and hold the strong narrative of the story.

As in the last blog, I won't comment on each selecton. Besides, words can never match painted inspiration.

Just the combination of NC Wyeth and Robert Lewis Stevenson is a treat and a true natural.

Chas. Allen.

* Tomorrow, Leif shares some scans from NC Wyeth's later (last?) period.

* If you are new to Today's Inspiration and never read Charlie Allen's blog, this is your chance to get to know our guest author better. Drop by there and peruse Charlie's archives for some great stories and some truly amazing artwork!

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