Louise Loved to Climb to the Summit on one of the Barren Hills Flanking the River and Stand there while the Wind Blew (1907). Newell Convers Wyeth (American, Realism, 1882-1945). Oil on canvas. Illustration. Private collection.
N.C. Wyeth was the pupil of artist Howard Pyle and became one of America’s greatest illustrators. Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for Scribner’s, the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best-known.
Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, “Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other.”