Week Fifty Two

Andrew Wyeth, July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009

Posted in Art news, general interest by sarahbakerhansen on 20 January 2009

Andrew Wyeth, the American painter perhaps best known for his painting of a young woman in a field, “Christina’s World,” has died, according to an official with the Brandywine River Museum in Pennsylvania. Wyeth, 91, died in his sleep at his home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to Lora Englehart, public relations coordinator for the museum.

His work is familiar to Omaha audiences: in 2002, his work showed at the Joslyn Art Museum as part of Andrew Wyeth’s Helga Pictures: An Intimate Study. The rare show presented his study of a single sitter, his neighbor, Helga Testorf, over the course of 15 years. One highlight of the show was a piece called Gone, which Wyeth completed in 2002 and was shown for the first time in Omaha.

Read about it here.

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from top: Christina’s World, 1948, courtesy Museum of Modern Art; and three selections of Helga: Braids, Crown of Flowers and Day Dream.

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