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Early in 1903, illustrator Howard Pyle (1853-1911) began work on a set of nine wall-sized panels for the drawing room of his home at 907 Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. The Museum announced that all nine panels are now on view in their entirety for the first time in 75 years. They have been semi-permanently installed in the Museum’s second floor Vinton Illustration Galleries.

While two of the panels were on view during the Howard Pyle retrospective exhibition in 2011-2012, which celebrated the Museum’s 100th anniversary, the complete set has recently undergone conservation work.

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Best known as a member of the Ashcan School, painter and illustrator John Sloan (1871-1951) often focused his paintings and prints on city life and its people during the early 20th century. However, between 1900 and 1910, Sloan produced a weekly series of word and picture puzzles for the Sunday supplement of the Philadelphia Press, one of the country’s leading illustrated newspapers.

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The Wyeths have become something of a dynasty in American art, which began with N.C. Wyeth, who was known primarily as an illustrator for magazines and books. The family commitment continued with his son Andrew, who clung to the tradition of realism at a time when modernism reigned and he was often criticized for being out of synch with the mainstream. Jamie, son and grandson, has never wavered from representing the real world, although he has created a more vigorous approach to painting.

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Maurice Sendak was the author of the beloved children's books "Where the Wild Things Are," "In the Night Kitchen," "Chicken Soup with Rice" and many more. The author and illustrator, who could be delightfully gruff (see his not-safe-for-work interview with Stephen Colbert), passed away in 2012 at age 84.

In his will, he directed his rare book collection and items of his personal work be gifted to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, and they haven't been, according to a lawsuit filed by the museum last week.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sendak's relationship with the museum dates to the 1960s, when he began placing his work there on deposit. He was at times a board member and its honorary president. The museum presented dozens of shows of his work.

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Once derided as a slavish admirer of Renoir, the painter and illustrator William Glackens is among the most intriguing and underestimated participants in the first wave of 20th-century American modernism. That perception is confirmed by the enlightening and overdue, if still deficient, survey of his dappled canvases and dazzling drawings at the Parrish Art Museum here. It should be required viewing for anyone interested in the period.

Glackens, who was born in Philadelphia in 1870 and educated at that city’s prestigious Central High School, was briefly affiliated with a loose group of urban-conscious realist painters known first as the Eight and later as the Ashcan School.

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The Reading Public Museum announced that now through the end of August 2014, it will display N. C. Wyeth’s Pyle’s Barn, an exceptional oil on canvas from 1917 by the renowned Brandywine Valley artist and illustrator. The painting is on loan from the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania as part of an exchange with the institution. The Reading Public Museum’s own N. C. Wyeth, Buttonwood Farm, 1920, will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art through August 10, featured in a temporary exhibition titled Lure of the Brandywine: A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration.

The inspiration for this painting came about when N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945) and his wife, Carolyn, rented property in Chadds Ford that included Pyle’s Barn. The structure, located on the south side of the main road through Chadds Ford (now U.S. Route 1) just east of the village, became one of Wyeth's favorite motifs, even after the family moved to another property in 1911. He painted the barn at least six times, in daylight and moonlight, using a variety of impressionistic styles. In the painting, he laid down small strokes of unmixed color, taking advantage of the eye's tendency to blend colors. The technique was derived from Wyeth’s study of the work of the Swiss-Italian artist Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899), whose paintings he admired greatly.

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This summer the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will host Jamie Wyeth's first career retrospective.
Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) -- born into one of the strongest family of artists in history with Andrew Wyeth (1917-2000) as his father and illustrator great N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) as his grandfather -- has always led a quieter, more behind-the-scenes life as a painter. Now, as he is a mere two years away from 70, he is reflecting on almost six decades of artistic production and allowing one of the top museums in the country to organize his first career retrospective. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is working busily to finish this highly anticipated exhibition -- titled "Jamie Wyeth," on view from July 16 through December 28, 2014 -- which will include approximately 100 paintings, works on paper, illustrations, and assemblages in a variety of individual and combined media.

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“American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” is currently on view at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey. The sweeping exhibition, which is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, focuses on the work of the widely popular 20th century painter and illustrator, Norman Rockwell. Rockwell is best known for his archetypical portrayals of American life as well as his cover illustrations for “The Saturday Evening Post” magazine.

“American Chronicles” is a traveling exhibition that presents 50 original Rockwell paintings as well as the 323 covers he created for “The Saturday Evening Post.” The show features some of Rockwell’s most recognized images including “Triple Self-Portrait,” “Girl at Mirror,” and “Going and Coming” as well as portraits of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. The exhibition includes a number of works from Rockwell’s archives such as preliminary sketches, color studies, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and detailed drawings.

“American Chronicles” offers visitors a glimpse into Rockwell’s artistic process and illustrates how he came to be the visual interpreter of day-to-day life in post-World War II America. The exhibition will remain on view at the Newark Museum through May 26, 2014. It will then travel to the Fondazione Roma-Arte Musei in Rome (November 10, 2014-February 8, 2014) and the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah (November 19, 2015-February 13, 2016).

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A monograph of the work of William Glackens, one of the founders of the Ashcan School and member of the 20th century American artist group, The Eight, will be published by Skira Rizzoli this year. The illustrated volume will feature some of Glackens’ most celebrated works including paintings previously unknown to the general public, nudes, portraits, still lifes, street scenes and landscapes. The monograph will also include scholarly essays that will explore Glackens’ relationship with French painting, his interest in fashion and costume, his depictions of women, and his work as an illustrator.

The monograph will accompany a retrospective of Glackens’ work, which will be held at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY from July 27, 2014 through October 13, 2014. The exhibition is being co-organized with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and the Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and will include approximately 75 works from private collections and public museums across the U.S. The show will be the first major retrospective of Glackens’ work in over fifty years.

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Sotheby’s announced that its highly anticipated American art auction in New York on December 4, 2013 will include a selection of Norman Rockwell paintings from the family of Kenneth J. Stuart Sr., the artist’s longtime friend and art director at the Saturday Evening Post. The seven works include two of Rockwell’s most celebrated works – Saying Grace (estimate: $15 million to $20 million) and The Gossips (estimate: $6 million to $9 million). The works, which were passed down in Stuart’s family to the present owners, are expected to garner over $24 million.

Rockwell created his first Saturday Evening Post cover in 1916 and over the next several decades, became the publication’s most popular and successful illustrator. The artist’s most productive period coincided with the start of his professional and personal relationship with Stuart, who became the Post’s art editor in 1943. The two worked together for 18 years, collaborating on some of Rockwell’s most popular covers including The Gossips and Saying Grace.

Elizabeth Goldberg, head of Sotheby’s American art department, said, “To offer any of these masterworks would be a great privilege. To present two of Norman Rockwell’s most iconic works in one auction truly is unprecedented.”

Select works from the sale will be on view in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New York throughout the fall.

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