Andrew N. Wyeth

(1917-2009)

Andrew N. Wyeth studied art at a young age with his father N.C., who stressed anatomy, traditional artistic tone, balance and visual acuity. Wyeth was taught egg tempera technique by Peter Hurd. Wyeth is an internationally recognized painter for such works as "Christina's World" (1948 MoMA). He was the first artist to appear on the cover of Time magazine. His watercolor works attracted countless followers. Wyeth was born in Chadds Ford, PA and was profoundly influenced by Winslow Homer, whose work he saw at the age of 16. When Wyeth was 20 he had his first one-man show at NYC's Macbeth Gallery. The show completely sold out within 24 hours. His later works, however, show a marked change in tonality after the death of his father in 1945. He switched to egg tempera and his work became more symbolic but always linear and precise. Wyeth used muted colors of amber, brown and green that reflects a somber tone. His subjects were often poor people depicted in either his hometown of Chadds Ford or his summer residence in Cushing Maine. Wyeth combines Realism with Abstraction and defies any true characterization.