Wind from the Sea
Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 1985) continues to be one of America’s most prominent artists. The youngest of five children, his artistic talent was highly influenced by his famous illustrator father N.C. Wyeth, but his work was inspired by the landscape that surrounded his childhood home in Pennsylvania and his summer home in Maine.
Andrew Wyeth spent his winters in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, but when the warm weather would come around, the family would move to Cushing, Maine, where his father had bought a house. Andrew adopted a distinct palette to represent each location - earthy tones for Chadds Ford, and rich greens and blues for Maine. Based on this fact, it would be logical to deduce that ‘Wind from the Sea’ is a Chadds Ford painting due to its earthy monochromatic appearance; however, this painting is one of a few exceptions to the rule. The half-opened window that dominates the painting actually frames the Olson house in Cushing, Maine, with the sheer curtains blowing in the summer breeze, but not a trace of blue or green in the scene.
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