Andrew Wyeth, A Painter of the people.
Christina's World, painted in 1948 by American artist Andrew Wyeth, is one of the best-known American paintings of the mid-20th century.
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), known as the painter of the people, gained fame owe to this painting, “Christina's World,” which he published in 1948 when he was 31 years old. The model in the painting is Anna Christina Olsen (1893-1968) from Maine, USA, a neighbor and friend of Wyeth's acquaintance lived nearby his house. Suffering from degenerative muscle disease, her condition worsened to the point where she could not walk, but she refused to use a wheelchair. She preferred to crawl, dragging his lower body with both arms. The painting that Wyeth inspired and put on canvas is currently one of the representative collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Looking at his lyrical and nostalgic paintings makes me want to see his other works as well.
Countless feathers scatter toward the farmhouse in the distance. Andrew Wyeth did not directly describe what he saw like this, but re-interpreted it with his own thoughts and imagination and re-created it.
I personally like this picture. Is there any artist who depicts even the root of a tree in such a delicate way? You will be amazed at his observation and precision.
The first thing I fell in love with when I first saw Andrew Wyeth's work is the one below.
He was an artist with a distinctive color. The color combination of green, gray, pale yellow and brown makes his paintings lyrical, but sometimes bizarre and sometimes lonely.
Very realistic and sophisticated, but sometimes unrealistic and fantastic, his work is sometimes called magical realism. And throughout his life, he spent his life on the Main Coast of Pennsylvania and Kooning, Maine, painting landscapes of barren and gloomy hills, old barns and baskets, dry swaying branches, and country houses shining alone in the darkness. And he drew ordinary people, not professional models, such as friends and neighbors. Like a life that goes by like time and eventually fades away, his works with tempera technique that resembles such a life make you feel about human beings and the origins of life with realistic and dreamy expressive
Looking at the trees in his works, even the trees seem to have many stories. The dry brush strokes make the bark between the trees look rough. What's great about his expressiveness is that these seemingly dry objects look as if they are alive.
I really like the faded bronze colored door of the artwork below. Looking at this picture, it seems that an old woman who cannot throw away things easily and accumulates things and recalls things in the past is living inside.
The picture below is also the work that got me interested in Andrew Wyeth's work. Behind the flickering mesh curtains, like faded old memories, the hills that seem to stand still in the same place even after the years have passed are like home and family.
It is a painting with his symbolic brown color. It's just a close-up of the farmer's boots, and I'm amazed at how lyrical, beautiful and fantastic his genius sense was. Looking at this painting, I also realize once again that colorful objects, complex compositions, and expensive materials do not make a good work.
I love the puppy's lashes below. You can feel the texture of the dog's light brown soft fur.
If you look at the picture below, you'll see that artists don't even need many colors. Once again, I am amazed at his talent for making such delicate and beautiful expressions with minimal color.
Below is the official website of Andrew Wyeth. In this homepage you can see his various works.
Myungja Anna Koh