Saturday, 17 January 2009

Andrew Wyeth RIP

Andrew Wyeth - Christina’s World (1948) flanked by Helga Nude and Cover of Time Magazine (1986)American artist Andrew Wyeth has died peacefully at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, at the age of 91, following a brief illness. Members of his family were with him. One of his most famous paintings is Christina’s World (1948) which I've flanked with a thumbnail of his neighbour Helga in the nude and the cover of Time magazine, which featured his portfolio of Helga nudes in 1986. Two years ago he was awarded the US National Medal of Arts and became the first artist to be granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also gained the dubious distinction of becoming the first living US artist to be elected to the Royal Academy. The Brandywine River Museum - in a 19th-century grist mill - offers an audio tour of its Andrew Wyeth Gallery (CLICK).

2 Comments:

At 18/1/09, Blogger Lightchaser said...

Arguably the most renowned painter in the US, a great one has been lost indeed.

 
At 18/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Yes. Quietly competent with interesting compositions, focusing on the land itself rather than on the scenery. I suspect he influenced more western movie directors than he did painters. The main picture above has a cinematic quality about it, making a point about human isolation.

 

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