Friday, January 16, 2009

Open Window

"If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion you felt in the first place goes flying out the window. " - Andrew Wyeth

Painter Andrew Wyeth died in his sleep at his home this morning in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was 91 years old.

His spare, beautiful, watercolor and tempera paintings of landscapes around his home are subtle, intimate, and - I think - imbued with a loneliness that speaks. His best known painting, "Christina's World," shows his neighbor Christina Olson, disabled in youth by polio, yearning for her home on a hill beyond her, as she crawls toward it.

This painting is called "Love in the Afternoon." He painted it in 1992.

8 comments:

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh. He is sitting on top of the hill with Christina today.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

!!!!
Pretty great life, pretty great body of work.

Queenly Things said...

It's been a week a favorites continuing on their path.

I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

I think sometimes we are twins.

Wyeth calls to me especially with "wind from the sea" of course.

and "master bedroom".

and "open window" is pretty lovely. Thanks.

phd in yogurtry said...

I love AW's landscapes. I used to live very close to Chadd's Ford. Drove through the countryside often. He captures it well.

Sugee Andersyn said...

I never heard of him but that painting is beautiful. I thought at first that it was a real picture from your kitchen window perhaps :)

Briget said...

You know, I never knew that was a portrait of a disabled woman until I heard it on the news last night. I just always loved it and thought the woman was in an awkwardly graceful position. (And I suppose that was right). I love his work, though. Years ago, my mother and I went to Chicago for an exhibition - "Three Generations of Wyeth". It was a wonderful show, and I liked his paintings best. If I had millions, I'd own one.

JCK said...

I love that "Love in the Afternoon" painting. It speaks of languid naughtiness on the inside.