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Old 07-12-09, 02:31 PM
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Default Wyeth and Hurd

My understanding is that Andrew Wyeth learned about egg tempera from his brother-in-law Peter Hurd. Does anyone know how, when, or where Hurd first learned about tempera?

Also, how did Daniel Thompson at Yale find out about Cennini's manuscript and get into tempera? Was it related to Maxwell Armfield's travels to the states?

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Old 09-12-09, 11:53 PM
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I think Peter Hurd was largely self taught. After his six year apprenticeship with N.C. Wyeth ended, he returned to New Mexico for an extended visit prior to returning to Chadds Ford to marry Henriette Wyeth. During that period he transitioned from painting with oil on canvas, to thinned oils on panel to egg tempera on gessoed panels as he tried to find his own artistic way after a long period of study with N.C. Wyeth. He learned egg tempera the same way many did at that time, from reading Cennino Cennini's book and through his own experimentation. He wrote enthusiastic letters to his friend Paul Horgan and also to N.C. Wyeth about the new medium he had "discovered". Through Hurd's encouragement and assistance, both N.C. and Andrew came to work in egg tempera.

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Old 09-01-10, 11:06 PM
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I believe that Hurd began experimenting with egg tempera due to the encouragement of Frederick Weber of Weber and Company, an artists' supplier in Philadelphia. I believe he was also familiar with the work of Thomas Hart Benton, which may also have gotten his creative juices excited about this medium.
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I just saw this thread....

Koo, or anyone else, have you consulted the book "Milk and Eggs: the American Revival of Tempera Painting, 1930-1950" by Hilton Brown? If not, I can look through my copy.
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Old 18-01-10, 12:59 PM
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Hello Jeff,

I have a copy but didn't think to look there, and now I'm away for the winter and don't have access to it. That would be great if you would check it. Thanks! And thanks for the other posts regarding my question.

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