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N.C. Wyeth: New Animosities

Post #1849 • November 18, 2019, 4:36 PM • 1 Comment

[Image: N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Island Funeral, 1939, tempera and oil on hardboard panel, gift of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, 2017]

N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Island Funeral, 1939, tempera and oil on hardboard panel, gift of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, 2017

My latest for The New Criterion examines a survey of N.C. Wyeth at the Portland Museum of Art. The artist seemed consumed by a sense of failure. If his death wasn't suicide, it was an accident so improbable as to approximate one. And yet the curator sees fit to hand the remains of his legacy over to the jackals of so-called social justice, to rip at its helpless bones.

Murray Kempton once quipped that a critic is someone who enters the field of battle after the war is over and shoots the wounded. Well, critics are veritable knights at the battlefront compared to these people.

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Franklin

November 25, 2019, 9:31 AM

Thank you Micah Mattix for including this essay in today's Prufrock. If you, dear reader, are not already a Prufrock subscriber, go remedy that forthwith.

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