Andy Wyeth’s Toy Soldiers

A few weeks ago I received an email from Jenna at artsy.com, curious about why my Man of TIN blog post  had turned up when she was researching web link opportunities for a new exhibition about American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009).

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/hobby-learning-1-andrew-wyeth/

Jenna emailed me with news of the new exhibition:

“I am reaching out to certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone. We hope to continue promoting arts education and accessibility with your help.”

The Seattle Art Museum is scheduled to exhibit Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, which showcases Andrew Wyeth https://www.artsy.net/show/seattle-art-museum-andrew-wyeth-in-retrospect

http://wyeth.site.seattleartmuseum.org

The Artsy Andrew Wyeth page provides visitors with Wyeth’s bio, over 40 of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Wyeth exhibition listings. https://www.artsy.net/artist/andrew-wyeth

“I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.”
Andrew Wyeth

This was a good chance to go back to my previous post on Andrew Wyeth, a painter of landscape and portraits, one of my favourite American painters

Since my last Wyeth post, I have noticed much more Wyeth material online and via YouTube.

Andrew Wyeth collected American dimestore and composition figures, shown here in this Youtube video.

New Wyeth material

There is interesting new photos of Andrew or Andy Wyeth by his granddaughter Victoria Browning Wyeth, http://gcma.org/victoria-wyeth-my-andy/

https://www.vogue.com/article/andrew-wyeth-victoria-wyeth-my-andy-exhibition

and several recent print or video interviews with her including about having her portrait  painted by him.

The Brandywine School

Andrew Wyeth painted manly portraits and landscapes. His father was  a historical illustrators,  N.C. Wyeth, who worked with  Howard Pyle and other painters of the Brandywine School and style.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandywine_School

Recognise that name? Brandywine, where the Wyeth family are based, is the site of a famous Battle of Brandywine Creek in the American Revolutionary War on September 11, 1777 in Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brandywine

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Airfix box art (from Plastic Soldier Review website)

Like many British boys growing up in the 1970s, I  have had a passing interest in the Revolutionary War since having Airfix issued British and American infantry toy figures in 1:72 / 1:76 (OO / HO ‘model railway’) scale with their dramatic cover art, historical illustrations pictures  that hopefully Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth would appreciate.

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Airfix box art (from Plastic Soldier Review website)

These Airfix box covers have some of the appeal of Howard Pyle’s famous Revolutionary War illustration Nation Makers.

https://www.rockwell-center.org/essays-illustration/the-nation-makers/

http://www.brandywine.org/museum/collection/collection-highlights/nation-makers

So whilst I am unlikely to make it to Seattle or Brandywine any time soon to see the Wyeth exhibitions in his Centenary year, at least online I can catch a glimpse.

There you go, mixing Andrew Wyeth with Airfix in one blogpost, something that toy soldier collector Andrew Wyeth would have appreciated.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blogpost, 12 November 2017

 

 

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

4 thoughts on “Andy Wyeth’s Toy Soldiers”

  1. I think I could afford to do this with my modern pound or dollar store figures at a penny each. Andrew Wyeth’s own dimestore and composition toy soldier collection would cost a lot of money to put together today!

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  2. Marvin I thought Wyeth’s figures look very good en masse, and even better now they have been cleaned and conserved. I only have five composition figures, a couple of them large slightly cracked American doughboy style toy soldiers like Wyeth’s and two fairly common postwar Timpo pilots. Interesting to have in the collection though, to see how they are made.
    Mark, Man of TIN (not composiTIoN)

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