Artist Andrew Wyeth in Winter

“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, Winter Fields, 1942. Tempera on canvas, 17 1/4 × 41 in. (43.8 × 104.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benno C. Schmidt in memory of Mr. Josiah Marvel, first owner of this picture  77.91© Andrew Wyeth

Snowy Landscapes by Andrew Wyeth

Winter can be beautiful if you know how to imagine what waits beneath the landscape. Andrew Wyeth certainly knew how to appreciate winter. Some of his winter landscapes can be seen here.

The Granary, 1961. Watercolor.

The Dam, 1960. Watercolor.

Untitled (Army Surplus Study), 1966. Watercolor.

Tenant Farmer, 1961. Tempura.

First Snow (Groundhog Day Study), 1959. Drybrush.

Ice Pool, 1969. Watercolor.

Winter 1946

Andrew Wyeth is an American Contemporary Realist Painter,  born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 1917. He was the second and best known of four generations of Wyeth artists. Andrew Wyeth was taught by his father, artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth is father of Jamie Wyeth, third generation contemporary realist painter. He liked to paint the landscape in winter and early spring when colors are subtle and trees are bare. The colors suit his tempera palette, low-key and subdued.

One major influence, discussed at length by Wyeth himself was King Vidor’s The Big Parade. He claims to have seen the film which depicted family dynamics similar to his own, “a hundred-and-eighty-times” and believes it had the greatest influence on his work. The film’s director Vidor later made a documentary, Metaphor where he and Wyeth discuss the influence of the film on his paintings, including Winter 1946Snow FlurriesPortrait of Ralph Kline and Afternoon Flight of a Boy up a Tree.

Wyeth did in the winter, January 16, 2009.

Smithsonian article, Wyeth’s World

Click the image below to access the catalog record for the Big Parade.

Read more about Andrew Wyeth at the official site  and at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Below are some items from Central’s collection about Andrew Wyeth.

 VHS tape

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Rocktober Musician Bios

Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar—from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and “True Colors,” to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years.

After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, “gal Friday the thirteenth,” as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 withShe’s So Unusual,which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasn’t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most. Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a cause—whether it’s women’s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life she’s lived only on her own terms.

Wyclef Jean is one of the most influential voices in hip-hop. He rocketed to fame in the 1990s with the Fugees, whose multi-platinum album, The Score, would prove a landmark in music history, winning two Grammys and going on to become one of the bestselling hip-hop albums of all time. In Purpose, Wyclef recounts his path to fame from his impoverished childhood in “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Haiti and the mean streets of Brooklyn and Newark to the bright lights of the world stage.

The son of a pastor and grandson of a Vodou priest, Wyclef was born and raised in the slums of Haiti, moving with his family to New York when he was nine. He lived in Brooklyn’s notorious Marlboro projects until his father, Gesner Jean, took them to Newark, where he converted a burnt-out funeral home into a house for his family and a church for his congregation. But life in New Jersey was no easier for Wyclef, who found it hard to shake his refugee status. Forced to act as a literal and cultural translator for his parents while still trying to master English himself, Wyclef soon learned that fitting in would be a constant struggle. He made his way by competing in “freestyle” rap battles, eventually becoming the best MC in his school. At the same time, Wyclef was singing in his father’s choir and learning multiple instruments while also avidly exploring funk, rock, reggae, and jazz-an experience that would forever shape his sound. When Wyclef chose to pursue a career in music over attending theological school, Gesner, who hated rap, nearly disowned him, creating a gulf between father and son that would take nearly a decade to bridge.

Within a few short years, Wyclef would catapult to international renown with the Fugees. In Purpose he details for the first time ever the inside story of the group: their rise and fall, and his relationships with Pras and Lauryn Hill.

Wyclef also looks back with candor at the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and his efforts to help rebuild his homeland, including the controversy surrounding YÉle, his aid organization, and his exploratory bid for president of the island nation. The story revealed in Purpose is one of inspiration, full of drama and humor, told in compelling detail, about the incredible life of one of our most revered musical icons.

Young has successfully explored so many different musical styles in his solo and collaborative work that his career could serve as a map of rock music in the last 50 years. Not every musician could have moved so silkily from the gentler sounds of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, & Nash to the hard-driving rock of Crazy Horse to experimentation that has led to Youngs being dubbed the godfather of grunge. A non-compromiser and active environmentalist, too; heres his story.

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir: ‘I felt that writing books fit me like a glove; I just started and I just kept going’. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Candid, witty and revealing, this book takes its place beside the classic memoirs of Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.
The story of Heart is a story of heart and soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, have been part of the American rock music landscape. From 70s classics like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” to chart- topping 80s ballads like “Alone,” and all the way up to 2012, when they will release their latest studio album, Fanatic, Heart has been thrilling their fans and producing hit after hit. In Kicking and Dreaming, the Wilsons recount their story as two sisters who have a shared over three decades on the stage, as songwriters, as musicians, and as the leaders of one of our most beloved rock bands. An intimate, honest, and a uniquely female take on the rock and roll life, readers of bestselling music memoirs like Life by Keith Richards and Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? will love this quintessential music story finally told from a female perspective.
Singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential musical artists of the past fifty years-and one of the most elusive. In I’m Your Man, journalist Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ‘n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen. I’m Your Man is an intimate and insightful appreciation of the man responsible for “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire,” “Hallelujah,” and so many other unforgettable, oft-covered ballads and songs. Based on Simmons’s unparalleled access to Cohen-and written with her hallmark blend of intelligence, integrity, and style-I’m Your Man is the definitive biography of a major musical artist widely considered in a league with the great Bob Dylan. Readers of Life by Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Patti Smith’s phenomenal Just Kids will be riveted by this fascinating portrait of a singular musical icon.

Death of a Disco Dancer: Please: Fiction Inspired by The Smiths

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man
Turn bad

So please please please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See, the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time

The Smiths, Morrissey, Marr, Rourke, and Joyce. You either like their many times depressing lyrics that convey mordant bleakness or you don’t. Girlfriend in a Coma, Work is a Four Letter Word, and Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, aren’t songs for the perky set.

If you like this sort of lyric you can read them in short story form. Please: Fiction Inspired by The Smiths, stories by a variety of writers who love the band and their melancholia tell their stories in literary form. These stories bring the world of literature and music together. Like The Smiths, these stories can be at times both dark and melancholy but have a twist of sweetness within.

If love blooming by the cemetery gate, shoplifters of the world uniting, and the death of a disco dancer stir something within you then take a chance on these short stories. And then take a listen to The Smiths.

Musician Lives in Books

Mick Jagger, Jim Croce, The Beach Boys and Neil Young are just a few of the names that are the inspiration for several memoirs and biographies popping up this summer and being published this fall. The library has some titles already and will be acquiring many more upon release. Listed below are a few you will want to check out. Later this fall stay tuned for Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, Bruce: The Innocence, the Darkness, the Rising (Bruce Springsteen), The Troublemaker: A Story of Faith, Redemption, and Staying True to Your Deepest Beliefs (Willie Nelson), The Soul of It All (Michael Bolton), Life is a gift: The Zen of Bennett (Tony Bennett), Luck or Something Like It (Kenny Rogers), The John Lennon Letters (John Lennon), Waging Heavy Peace (Neil Young), Who I Am: A Memoir (Pete Townsend), and Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story (Wyclef Jean).

IS he Jumpin’ Jack Flash? A Street Fighting Man? A Man of Wealth and Taste? All this, it turns out, and far more. By any definition, Mick Jagger is a force of nature, a complete original—and undeniably one of the dominant cultural figures of our time. Swaggering, strutting, sometimes elusive, always spellbinding, he grabbed us by our collective throat a half-century ago and—unlike so many of his gifted peers—never let go. For decades, Mick has jealously guarded his many shocking secrets—until now. As the Rolling Stones mark their 50th anniversary, journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Andersen tears the mask from rock’s most complex and enigmatic icon in a no-holds-barred biography as impossible to ignore as Jagger himself.

Revealing and intimate, based on more than 100 interviews with key figures in his life, this is the definitive biography of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, one of pop music’s best-loved and most complex figures. As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s unmatched skills as a songwriter and flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar, and Queen a household name. But few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering faÇade.

The summer of 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s most beloved bands The Beach Boys, and for the first time, they have reformed with the three surviving original members for a 50 date international tour and a studio album. Reflecting on the long and fascinating history of the 60’s super group, 50 Sides of The Beach Boys chronicles the story behind 50 of the band’s greatest songs from the perspective of band members, collaborators, fellow musicians and notable fans.

Jim Croce, singer-songwriter of the #1 hits Bad Bad Leroy Brown andTime in a Bottle, was at the height of his career when his life was cut short in a plane crash while on tour. Just 30 years old on September 20, 1973, Jim was revered by an adoring audience for his gentle melodies and everyman demeanor. Now, for the first time, this memoir reveals the man behind the denim jackets and signature mustache, a hard-working, wry charmer who was also beset with exhaustion at the sheer magnitude of his own success. I Got a Name, told with full access to everyone who knew and loved Jim Croce, is at once a revealing portrait of a great artist and a moving love story.

Imagine a world without “Blue Moon” or “My Funny Valentine.” Not possible, and arts journalist Marmorstein (Hollywood Rhapsody) gives a full-scale account of the lyricist, infusing his text with plenty of Harts own magical words. An unforgettable portrait of an exuberant yet troubled artist who so enriched the American songbook. Gary Marmorstein’s revelatory biography, A Ship Without a Sail,  includes many of the lyrics that define Hart’s legacy—those clever, touching stanzas that still move us or make us laugh.