Friday, January 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009)

I well remember when I saw Christina's World - the real thing. Just a print is powerful, of course. But the actual painting is stunningly evocative. And unforgettable.

Wyeth, 91, died in his sleep Thursday night at his home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to Lora Englehart, public relations coordinator for the museum.

The acclaimed artist painted landscapes and figure subjects and worked mostly in tempera and watercolor.

He was widely celebrated inside and outside of the art world. President John F. Kennedy awarded him a Presidential Freedom Award and President Richard Nixon held a dinner and a private exhibition at the White House, according to a biography on the Ask/Art Web site.

Wyeth, who lived in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Maine, "has been enormously popular and critically acclaimed since his first one-man show in 1937...

May he rest in peace. He will be greatly missed.

(The above excerpt is from the CNN article.)

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