Art: Disarming Realist

To conservative academicians, the name Wyeth looked good, and always had. Young Andrew Wyeth's watercolors lacked the fine, romantic lunge which had made his father, the late N. C. (for Newell Convers) Wyeth, a top U.S. illustrator of children's books. But they were even more disarmingly realistic than N.C.'s paintings had been. Last week the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that it will give its 1947 Award of Merit Medal (and the $1,000 which goes with it) to Andrew Wyeth. The Academy makes its award to a painter only once every five years (1942 winner: Veteran Charles Burchfield).

Though he...

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