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Using the Amon Carter’s collection of American art and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Picturing America project, explore masterworks of American art and the artists who made them while discussing how these works connect American culture and history.

This project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America Program Participant
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Artist Biography

Newell Convers Wyeth (1881–1945) grew up on a farm in New England where he developed a deep love of nature. He studied illustration first at the Massachusetts Normal Arts School and later at the Howard Pyle School of Art with the great illustrator Howard Pyle. After a short time at Pyle’s school, Wyeth accepted commissions from Scribner’s and the Saturday Evening Post. Pyle encouraged his students to paint only from experience so Wyeth, wanting to create accurate western scenes for his commissions, made several trips to the West to gain first-hand knowledge of his subject. During his trips in 1904–06, he worked as a ranch hand in Colorado and rode mail routes in New Mexico and Arizona. By 1907, Wyeth was heralded in Outing Magazine as “one of our greatest, if not our greatest, painter of American outdoor life.” His illustrations appeared in many of the most popular magazines such as Century, Harper’s Monthly, Ladies’ Home Journal, McClure’s, and Scribner’s. He also illustrated many books including Kidnapped, The Last of the Mohicans, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, The White Company, and The Yearling. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books.