Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Andrew Wyeth: Painter Of Land And People

Today we note the birthday of the American painter, Andrew Wyeth. He was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 1917 and died there in 2009 after a lifetime of painting individuals and landscapes near his home and at his summer residence in Maine. He represented the second of three generations of famous painters in the Wyeth family. His father, N. C. Wyeth, was a renowned illustrator and painter. His son, Jamie, who turned 70 last week, continues painting literally in his father's footsteps in Pennsylvania and Maine.

I can best characterize his work as compelling, thought-provoking dreams on canvas, not quite real, not quite abstract. Here are three painting by Andrew Wyeth offering a comfortable contrast to the season  of his birth. Readers can see the full range of his subjects at his authorized website.

Ice Pool                                                                                                            1969

Branch in the Snow                                                                                           1980

Shredded Wheat                                                                                                 1982

For a biography and more information about Andrew Wyeth visit his wikipedia page here.  

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