Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind

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Wharton Esherick (1887–1970) lived to create. He found his true voice in sculpture, working primarily in local woods he gathered from the forest surrounding his home and studio in rural Pennsylvania. The spiritual father of the contemporary studio furniture movement in America, he pioneered the way for successive generations of woodworking artists to develop their original designs. His work blurs the traditional distinctions between sculpture and furniture, form and function.

 

Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind is the first and only comprehensive look at the colorful life and work of this seminal artist. Written by Esherick’s son-in-law, and lavishly illustrated, it features photographs of Esherick’s most important artworks as well as the woodland studio he designed, built, and furnished over the course of several decades. Now a museum, preserved as Esherick left it, this remarkable structure and its contents are testament to the warmth, poetry, and passion of one of America’s most influential and celebrated craftsmen.


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"a generous and highly readable narrative that is full of anecdotal detail" 
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Mansfield Bascom, a retired architect and structural engineer, has been married to Wharton Esherick’s daughter Ruth for more than 50 years. Bascom served as the Wharton Esherick Museum’s director until 1990, when he became its curator. He and Ruth live in Esherick’s former workshop in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

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Book Description Abrams, United States, 2010. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Sculptor and furniture-maker Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) was known as the Dean of American CraftsmenA in his lifetime. He is perhaps best remembered for his sculptural, handcrafted furniture and objects, which elevated ordinary household objects to the level of fine art. Esherick began his career as a painter, but in the 1920s he discovered a new muse and medium as he began to carve the curvilinear furniture that would make him one of the most famous American furniture-makers even to this day. Perhaps his greatest legacy is the house he lovingly crafted entirely by hand in the woods of Paoli, Pennsylvania, for which he conceived and shaped every stairwell, sink, spoon, table, desk and chair. His designs are highly evocative of Danish modern, decades before the 1970s when that style swept America. The Art Institute of Architects noted: He led, not followed, the ScandanaviansA . Esherick s work has influenced generations of artists and craftsmen and his legacy is increasingly evident in the tradition of hand-crafted studio furniture alive in America and around the world. This stunning visual biography displays the work of the beloved American craftsman, with a text penned by his son-in-law Mansfield Bascom, who now curates the museum that maintains Esherick s work and memory. Bookseller Inventory # BZE9780810995758

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Book Description Abrams, 2010. Oversized Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) lived to create. He found his true voice in sculpture, working primarily in local woods he gathered from the forest surrounding his home and studio in rural Pennsylvania. The spiritual father of the contemporary studio furniture movement in America, he pioneered the way for successive generations of woodworking artists to develop their original designs. His work blurs the traditional distinctions between sculpture and furniture, form and function. This publication marks the first and only comprehensive look at the colorful life and work of the seminal artist. Lavishly illustrated, it features photographs of Esherick's most important artworks as well as the wooodland studio he designed, built, and furnished over the course of several decades. Now a museum preserved as Esherick left it, this remarkable structure and its contents are testament to the warmth, poetry, and passion of one of the country's most influential and celebrated craftsman. Illus., 250 color/b&w. 276p. Bookseller Inventory # 2693889

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