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John W. McCoy: American Painter
A talented artist of the realist school, John McCoy (1910-1989) was born into a patriarchal family of businessmen. The fascinating story of his determination to break with that tradition and follow his passion for art is told here in the words of his daughter and in the wonderful colors and textures of his paintings, some seventy-five of which have been carefully reproduced.
McCoy studied under the celebrated N. C. Wyeth in the 1930s and befriended Andrew Wyeth at his father’s Chadds Ford studio. The two men liked and admired each other, and often painted together. This book, however, provides a visual chronicle of McCoy’s struggle to find his own creative voice, and it reveals the resulting emotional depth he was able to achieve by "reducing painting to its essence." A commentary by Andrew Wyeth offers a fascinating perspective on John McCoy as both a man and an artist.