In almost all of Andrew Wyeth’s work, there is gentleness and serenity, a tender simplicity like the touch of a butterfly wing against your cheek on a breezy summer’s day. Most artists have a stand-out piece that gains acclaim for touching people; for Andrew Wyeth, Master Bedroom is that timeless piece.
Andrew Wyeth Master Bedroom – dog on bed
Master Bedroom depicts a dog lying curled up on a bed in a peaceful afternoon slumber. The sunlight streams through the small window into the dim room and casts shadows on the blanketed bed. The walls are left unadorned. Although there is only the window, the bed and the dog, a cozy, comfortable aura emanates and encompasses the observer. Wyeth uses light and shadows to distinguish the passing of time which seems to highlight the simplicity of a dog’s life. The scene invokes a sense of fantasy and dreaminess in viewers. It is also interesting that Wyeth titled the painting Master Bedroom and depicted the dog at the center of the bed with its head on the pillow. Is the message that we are all masters of our own universe regardless of our species or level of consciousness?
For Andrew Wyeth, Master Bedroom depicts a very significant moment. This painting, with its soft, neutral coloring and tangible quietude, has become one of Wyeth’s most popular works. He finds meaning in very simple objects and ideas and is able to present them in a unique way. His vision of a bed with a dog was turned into a symbolic and peaceful haven that gently beckons the observer.
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