Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009

Sad note to end the week: American painter Andrew Wyeth died early today at his home in Philadelphia. He was 91 years old. Read more details from The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Our staff was fortunate enough to catch the exhibition, “Andrew Wyeth: Watercolors and Drawings,” at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2007—with a guided tour by the artist’s granddaughter, Victoria Wyeth, no less—which Anne wrote about in the June 2007 issue of the magazine. When Anne asked a question that Victoria wasn’t sure she could answer, Victoria phoned him using Anne’s mobile! (After which, Anne had to erase the number from her call log in front of Victoria, for security purposes.)

Personally speaking, it was particularly interesting to learn what being a part of the Wyeth legacy entails. “To make the connection that the people sitting across the table and living next door to you are the people in the paintings—once that clicks, it’s the most amazing thing,” said Victoria. “He always says, ‘Vic, I’m painting my life.’ And he is painting his life, but he’s painting my life, too.”

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