The Spring 2014 issue of American Bungalow is out now, and I’m very excited that my article entitled, “Wharton Esherick: Integrating Life, Art and Craft” made the cover!  If you’re not a subscriber or haven’t received your copy yet, you can read the article here.

AB Spring 2014 Issue 81 Cover

Photography by Alexander Vertikoff

Wharton Esherick (1887-1966) was a classically trained Impressionist painter in the early 1900s who never found his voice on canvas.  His formative years coincided with the peak of the Arts & Crafts Movement, and he soon abandoned painting for woodblock printing, furniture and finally sculpture.

When he began to gain notoriety, his career took off and soon he was accepting commissions from multiple patrons, and his work was being displayed in national museums.   Esherick’s career spanned over 5o years and bridged the gap between the Arts & Crafts Movement and Modernism.

This article focuses on Esherick’s background as an artist and his amazing former home and studio in Paoli, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia) that’s been operated as the Wharton Esherick Museum since 1972.  Many thanks to museum director and curator, Paul Eisenhauer, for allowing me to interview him and for sharing his wealth of knowledge about Esherick.

For further reading about Wharton Esherick and his body of work, I would also suggest:

  1. Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind by Mansfield Bascom
  2. Wharton Esherick Studio & Collection by Paul D. Eisenhauer
  3. Esherick, Maloof, and Nakashima: Homes of the Master Wood Artisans by Tina Skinner
  4. Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern by Paul Eisenhauer and Lynne Farrington

The Spring 2014 Issue #81 is on newstands now, and if you’re a subscriber, it should be arriving in your mailbox any day now.  If you’re not a subscriber, it’s never too late to start… click here for more information.

If you’ve read the article, I’d love to get your reaction to it, so please leave a comment below!

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