Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ode to an American master


Andrew Newell Wyeth passed away in his sleep today at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was 91 years old.
His paintings evoked a nostalgic vision of times past.
I lived nearby Chadds Ford in the 1980's when Mr. Wyeth was the subject of an intense media spotlight for his "Helga" series of 45 paintings and 200 sketches. These pictures, many of them nudes, were the product of hundreds of modeling sessions with one of his neighbors, Helga Testorf. No one else, not even his wife, had previously known about the series, and their disclosure to the public was arguably the art event of the decade.
May he rest in peace.

9 comments:

Kathy said...

I saw this on the evining news tonight. I had never seen any of his paintings but from what they showed on T.V. they were beautiful paintings.

Sara G said...

Great post and picture!
Take care

Deb said...

Honestly, how did I ever miss this man's work? With that confession, I must say I love art, especially American artists. I feel a major DUH from my brain.

Mary said...

I remember visiting Chadd's Ford to see the museum there. I know a lot of art critics found his work too representational, but I always loved his empty, haunting landscapes.

Ellen said...

Having gone to college in West Chester and growing up not too much farther away, I grew up knowing and appreciating the Wyeth family's art. I learned so much more about him from the articles in the Phila papers today - like he painted until just a few short years ago. Our world is a more beautiful place because of him.

Mental P Mama said...

He was a master.

Som Mine Dager Er, said...

I have never heard of this man, but I had to google and found out that Andrew Newell Wyeth is a great painter. Nice of you to give him a tribute on your blog.

And sweet sweet Kate: Thank you for all your nice, good, wise and wonderful comments on my blog. I appreciate them highly.

Everyone but one says I must paint the chairs and the table ;-) All I need is some spare time to have it done. That'll be sometime in .... May! Ha ha ...

I read through your latest posts and got struck by "Yellow". The picture and the lyrics ... brilliant, Kate!

Take care.

Marit

Jeannelle said...

I had not heard about Andrew Wyeth's passing. Thanks for the info and posting the painting.

Maria said...

wow, this is so beautiful, it's beauty in simplicity, thanks for posting it.