Art: The Making of a Scoop

Like most reporters who have snared a tough interview, Jeffrey Schaire came armed and ready for his one-on-one session with Andrew Wyeth. He had boned up on the artist's work and even recalled verses from Emily Dickinson in an effort to prod his reclusive subject. But nothing could have prepared the journalist for Wyeth's startling disclosure. Midway through the 90-minute interview, after a moment of thought, Wyeth said matter-of-factly, "There's a whole vast amount of my work no one knows about. Not even my wife."

That quiet revelation -- quoted in the September 1985 issue of Art & Antiques magazine --...

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