RIP Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth’s Winter (1946, tempera on board, 31 3/8×48)

So sad about the passing of modern master Andrew Wyeth, who died this morning at the age of 91. The New York Times obituary is moving and right on target:

Wyeth gave America a prim and flinty view of Puritan rectitude,
starchily sentimental, through parched gray and brown pictures of
spooky frame houses, desiccated fields, deserted beaches, circling
buzzards and craggy-faced New Englanders. A virtual Rorschach test for
American culture during the better part of the last century, Wyeth
split public opinion as vigorously as, and probably even more so than,
any other American painter including the other modern Andy, Warhol,
whose milieu was as urban as Wyeth’s was rural.

You can read more about the artist’s life at the Farnsworth Museum, and you can add a comment to the Andrew Wyeth memorial blog.

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2 thoughts on “RIP Andrew Wyeth

  1. Joseph Mihelarakis

    Thanks for your lovely notice of Wyeth’s passing.
    My brother was an avid follower of his work while we were growing up in E.Ohio in the 70’s, and we talked about all of the Wyeths–a lot. That area was not unlike the Brandywine River area in some respects and we could relate especially to those old farmhouses of AW’s with their cold light that seemed to arrest time.
    I remember when Henry Geldzahler openly disdained AW when MOMA was planning a show around that time. Now that the times–as some articles on AW have just noted, are not so "canonical"–it would be interesting to see your magazine do an article on Wyeth in light of the growing diversity in the art world as well as the continuing controversey on just what constititutes art making.
    Thanks. Love the blog.