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American artist dead at 91 by peripatetically on 17 January 2009 12:52am
 
American artist, Andrew Wyeth, died at the age of 91 today. He was a realist and his work was often stark, but I liked it. . Most of his work was of his surroundings in Chadds Ford, Pa., where he was born and died, and of the area near his holiday home in Maine. Not sure if he coined the phrase or not, but "less is more" has often been used to sum up his work.
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by mrsthing on 17 January 2009 2:47am
 
I loved Andrew Wyeth's work. It was spare, but very rich in feeling for me. His paintings of Christina and of Maine illustrated the feel of some of the wilder people and places that tourists usually don't see. There's a painting of a bedroom with an open window, a sheer curtain blowing in a breeze, that always makes me weep for some reason. I suppose just because he chose to capture a moment like that.

I have a DVD of his son, Jamie, painting and talking about life on the tiny island of Monhegan. Monhegan is a beautiful, beautiful place! If you get the chance, you should go there. Accessible only by ferry, and you'll have to go on foot. The island is so small nobody needs cars, even if there were roads to run them on.
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by tucsonmike on 17 January 2009 4:17am
 
I didn't know he was still alive.
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by peripatetically on 17 January 2009 1:25pm
 
His paintings sometimes were without people in them, but they somehow showcased the person NOT present. Don't you think of WHO that room must've belonged to? Same with other pieces without a human. You wonder about the "who". I know the piece to which you refer, Judy. It is a lonesome room and maybe that's why you weep. Imagine whose room that is and what their life must be like. Sort of melancholy, isn't it?
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by mrsthing on 17 January 2009 4:40pm
 
I always got a feeling of tranquility from looking at the painting, and of nostalgia for my own spare childhood bedroom with the sheer curtains.

It's possible it was Christina's bedroom. I've toured the house--it's an amazing place. It's all run down and very primitive and dirty inside, but somehow it's just full of life. It's worth going to see if you're ever in Maine.

http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/general/olson.html

I stumbled on this on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_bYDfbZKSs

It's a photo tour of Christina's house, with the most beautiful song accompanying it. Get the tissues out.
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by peripatetically on 17 January 2009 7:48pm
 
Oh that was nice, Judy. Thanks. It looks so peaceful there. But to me, still very lonely. I think Maine is beautiful from the one time I passed through it. We made a stop for Acadia though and I've longed to return there ever since. Maybe one day....

 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by MMMmmm... on 17 January 2009 8:53pm
 
I grew up outside Philadelphia - went to the museum in Chadds Ford many times starting from when I was six. Most of it was in a barn, surrounded by tall billowing willows with at least one sparkling babbling brook running about. Loved the family's work and aesthetic.

mrsthing - I had a poster of that painting that makes you weep in my bedroom growing up. "Wind from the Sea" Looked at it every day. One of my favorites too.

Loved them all mostly - the Helga paintings too. Have the book!

I found his work very transcendent - illuminating beauty in the texture of time...

More European in quality than a lot of other American painters - but unique, and not imitating...

I studied a lot of comparative arts and art history too - comes out sometimes!

*Thanks & Love to You Mr. Wyeth!*
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by mrsthing on 17 January 2009 11:23pm
 
He said a lot of his work was described as "lonely", but he thought it was because people were losing the ability to be alone. I find a lot of peace in those lonely places. They don't feel lonely to me. They feel inhabited by spirits. I find the stark spareness of the landscape beautiful.
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by peripatetically on 18 January 2009 12:47am
 
It IS beautiful. I found a few places when I was in Yugoslavia back in the early 80's that made me feel very odd as they seemed like moonscapes . They were hauntingly beautiful. They were so still and eerie, but I was transfixed by that beauty. I was glad to move along where there was a sense of familiarity and security even though it was my first time in the country. But I do think back on those scenes are gorgeous. No denying it.
 
Re: American artist dead at 91 by MMMmmm... on 18 January 2009 12:52am
 
Yes, I think he uses the contrast to highlight what is dynamically beautiful and what is still and beautiful... intricately beautiful and plainly beautiful... and all the beauty inbetween...
 



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