Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tribute to Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), An American Classic

Andrew Wyeth, a beacon of the American art scene, passed away last week. Without a doubt, Wyeth was (and always will be) an American treasure. His poignant images of the American landscape (e.g. Christina's World) are readily recognizable by even those with no particular interest in fine art.

Wyeth's paintings, most in watercolor or tempera, are deceptive in their simplicity. Cleverly composed and meticulously executed, the images appear shorn of all color yet remain powerful in their depiction of images of daily life. In looking at Wyeth's paintings, I find it easy to get drawn in and then experience a lingering compulsion to wonder about the story these pictures tell. Surely, the stories that Wyeth's pictures tell are worth more than a thousand words.

Wyeth was 91 when he died in his sleep, as private in his death as he was in life. Today's post is my modest attempt to remember this giant of the art world.

Untitled, Watercolor on 140lb paper, 9"x12", Not for sale


  1. A nice tribute to Mr. Wyeth...his work was beautiful.

  2. A fitting tribute to Andrew Wyeth. Well done. Mr. Wyeth's work always leaves me with haunted feeling. Quiet, yet emotional, they stir feelings that linger and make you ponder... You get lost trying to discern his intentions then realize the images are so strong that you have applied your own stirred feelings to them.
    Keep painting!

  3. I just happened to know about that artist here and seeing one of his works as you posted it here I get a sense that he was a great one. I love the deceptive simplicity as you call it. The image is haunting.