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.