Tuesday, July 31, 2007

An Old Favorite



Christina's World, 1948 by Andrew Wyeth, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Wyeth's painting of a young woman who, unable to walk, often crawled around the house in Maine where she lived and where Wyeth stayed and which he painted many times.

7 comments:

Adam Harvey said...

This is my mother's favorite painting. She's got a print of it in her dining room.

Martha said...

As a couple of the links point out, Wyeth has taken a hit from the critics because of his popularity however, broad appeal can also mark the success of an artist to reach and move his audience.

Martha

Robert Tracy said...
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Robert Tracy said...

And you know what? Andrew failed to copyright this painting. And he sold it for $200. The painting is everywhere on posters, cards--you name it. I'm sure he doesn't need the money because of his great life's work, but this one alone would have brought in a fortune. This is one of the 20th century masterpieces.

Martha said...

Removed comment posted twice.

Martha

John M said...

You know I never realized that the girl couldn't walk. I always thought she was in a pose of expectation or longing, looking at the house. Or that she'd fallen and was distracted by something in the process of standing up.

Shannon said...

i'd heard this before, but christina was not painted as a young woman, but rather further on in years. wyeth hadn't met her when she was young. there appears to be a frailty (though the handicap could explain this) about the figure as well as some indication of grey hairs. more on that here - http://obilon.blogspot.com/2005/12/christinas-world.html - such a powerful piece, anyway.

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