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If you find yourself in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania in this lifetime, then you must head over to the http://www.whartonesherickmuseum.org/ 

First a painter, then a woodblock printmaker, and most of all a sculptor of wood, Wharton Esherick was the visionary of the modern form. His house is an ode to his passion and you must, must visit it, I tell you. Almost everything contained in it was made by him and for him. Below is a picture of the home.

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But do not take my word for it, do the simple research and plan your trip, now. 🙂

Evan Kerry

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I found this volume at the Philadelphia Book Festival last Spring. While it is slim, it is highly engaging and interesting.  It gives one a sense of the history and richness of Pennsylvania’s painting tradition.  The Peales figure prominently, as they should, but also obscure Lancaster County housepainters are in the book and the Impressionists and Modernists are also there.  What I found most interesting, though maybe not that surprising, was that Pennsylvania artists matured with the rest of the country and produced memorable landscapes and genre scenes in the 19th century. Reminiscent of the Barbizon school of France Pennsylvania painters, most notably Lloyd Mifflin Jr., painted lush scenes of lasting importance.

To purchase the book please visit the Pennsylvania Historical Association’s website: http://www.pa-history.org/pastudyseries.htm

There you can find a plethora of picture books that deal with Pennsylvania history. At this years Philadelphia Book Festival I will probably pick up more from the Association.

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