Monday, May 4, 2009

"...Struck Me Dumb With Admiration"

"...Struck me dumb with admiration", wrote Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother, describing his reaction to the artwork of his contemporary, Howard Pyle, American illustrator, author and teacher. Some say that "Those who can, do and those who can't, teach", but surely such was not the case with Howard Pyle.

Born in Philadelphia in 1853, Howard Pyle is still highly regarded. He taught at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry and founded his own school in 1900. N.C. Wyeth and Jessie Wilcox Smith were but two of his students who went on to widely respected and highly successful careers.

Howard Pyle was an author, as well, and his 1883 classic "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" is still in print more than 125 years later. These pirate paintings by Howard Pyle illustrated the "Book of Pirates". He traveled to Florence, Italy in 1911 to study mural painting and died there from a sudden illness.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

This was fun to see! Howard Pyle's works feature greatly at the Brandywine River Museum near Phildalephia, Pennsylvania...I when I lived there I loved to go to that museun and see the works of Pyle, the Wyeth's and many more greats. :o) Happy Day!