Art: Within Limits

N.C. (for Newell Convers) Wyeth was one of the U.S.'s best illustrators of children's books. His son Andrew, 33, is one of the nation's best landscape painters and portraitists. On exhibition in a Manhattan gallery last week, young Andrew's paintings were as gloomy and realistic as his father's had been gay and romantic. They were also vastly skillful, as far as they went.

No U.S. artist takes more pains over details than does Andrew Wyeth. If a picture is rich enough in detail, he figures, it can be dramatically simple in its overall effect. He once devoted three quarters of a painting...

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