Saturday, December 02, 2006

Advent 2006... Waiting

Works by N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945)

As we approach the First Sunday of Advent I’d like to post some images painted by my favorite American illustrator, N.C. Wyeth. Every morning, I drove close by the home he grew up in on my way to work. N.C. Wyeth in his own life and personality was as bold, daring, colorful, and dynamic as his illustrations.

Scribner's, "The Stable At The Inn" (1912)

And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
-- Luke 2: 4-7

“The Child” (1923)

Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest..
-- Luke 9 : 48

Ladies' Home Journal, "The Son Of Man" (1927)

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
-- Luke 2: 39-40

”Age grows calculating, but youth is spendthrift in its generosity. Even if the boy trudged home hungry, he intended that Jesus should be fed. He gave his evening meal to the Master” (1929)

Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
-- Luke 9: 16

Blessings this Advent Season to all of you.


crystal said...

Wow - nice paintings. I've seen a little of his work - illustrations for books - but I've never seen his religious-themed ones. Happy Advent :-)

Jeff said...

Hi Crystal,

Happy Advent to you too!

I love the works of all of the Wyeths, but there is something about N.C.'s way of painting that really appeals to me, even though he was probably less talented than Andrew and James. Maybe its the macho things he usually covered. Manly men doing manly things. Grrrr.

Interesting and somewhat scandalous character. You should read his life story sometime.