Artist Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) is best known for his sculptural wood pieces and the way he applied the principles of sculpture to designs for functional objects. His pioneering work has made him an inspiration to fine woodworkers worldwide, helping to elevate the medium from craft to major art museums. Much of Esherick's work is now on display in this rural studio he built on a mountaintop in Pennsylvania. This pioneering catalog documents, with beautiful color photography, more than 130 paintings, woodblock prints, sculpture, and utilitarian objects found at the Wharton Esherick Museum. One gains an appreciation for the range and depth of Esherick's work when these pieces can be studied individually.
Paul D. Eisenhauer, Ph. D., is the curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, Pennsylvania.