American Painter Andrew Wyeth’s Death Leaves Legacy and Intrigue
Andrew Wyeth the American painter best known for his landscape and figure subjects past away early this year at age 91. Wyeth was best known for his painting “Christina’s World” of a disabled woman dragging herself through a field toward her house in the distance. He also frequently painted Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and Cushing Maine.
Andrew was the youngest painter in the Wyeth family, known for a family of artists. His father was W.C. Wyeth who painted incredible scenes of adventure for books like Treasure Island and The Last of the Mohicans. Andrew chose to explore watercolors and scenic displays, culminating in his first show at the age of 20.
Andrew Wyeth was widely decorated, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. He was featured in exhibitions at the white house through President Nixon and in 2007 President Bush awarded him with the National Medal of Arts for his lifetime achievement. See here for more about Andrew Wyeth’s biography.
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Some of his spicier moments came later in his career. In 1985 a series of over 200 paintings that he had done of Helga Testorf was released. The drama surrounding The Helga Paintings was a low level attempt at soap opera drama. It was said that Andrew did this series of paintings without his wife Betsy knowing about the time he was spending and that there was a romantic connection between the artist and model. Things were put to rest when it was found out the paintings had not been a secret (the pictures had been in circulation and reproduced since 1979), and Betsy said of any accusation of romance “It’s a bunch of crap.”
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According to officials at the Brandywine River in Pennsylvania Andrew Wyeth passed away in his sleep. More information on Andrew Wyeths’ death can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/16/andrew.wyeth.obit/index.html
by Dan Woods