A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 27, 1963

In the spirit of Christmas, we turn aside from the demands of the cold war, the urgencies of politics and the necessity of economics, to devote our cover story to an American artist, whose concern is nature and beauty. Andrew Wyeth is a painter's son, and his sister Henriette, a painter too, is married to Artist Peter Hurd.

Both Wyeth and Hurd have themselves painted covers for TIME: Wyeth did President Eisenhower in 1959; Kurd's most recent was Barry Goldwater in 1961. Now a third member of the family joins our roster of cover artists. This week's cover is the work of...

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