January 16, 2009

RIP Andrew Wyeth

The artist Andrew Wyeth died this morning at age 91. He was an originator of the Brandywine school of painting, named after the Brandywine valley in Delaware/Pennsylvania. The Wyeths a multi-generational family of artists and painters, beginning with N.C. Wyeth and continuing with Jamie Wyeth and others.If you've never been, go to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. You won't be disappointed. Interestingly, Leonard E.B. Andrews, who bought the cache of paints which included the infamous Helga painting, also just died.

Can you guess why I like this painting (Master Bedroom)?

23 comments:

  1. Sad news. We did many a Wyeth book at Abrams!

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  2. Sad news about Andrew Wyeth, I posted my favorite painting once I heard the news.

    I like your choice, 1 dog and 2 pillows. Looks like a great idea!

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  3. Sad news, indeed.

    I think I'll pop over to the BRM today and pay my respects...

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  4. I feel so foolish; I thought he was already dead! I'm quite fond of his son Jamie's paintings.

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  5. I once saw his work at Brandywine. A very nice weekend jaunt.

    anne

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  6. Sadly, I didn't even know he was still alive! Sad to loose such a legend

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  7. Ah gee, I had not yet heard. I saw an impressive show of his paintings a few years back. Such a genius. He shall be missed.

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  8. Thanks for posting this sad news. He was one of the great ones and will be missed.

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  9. Sweet yellow lab. My thoughts are with Wyeth relatives in Maine and Pennsylvania. What an extraodinary legacy.

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  10. I was at the museum about 5 years ago when who should appear but Andrew Wyeth and none other than Helga, both of whom were extremely gracious and kind to the dithering fool blubbering over them. A true gentleman; so sad to hear of his passing.

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  11. why you like the painting? Could it be the Connor look-alike?

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  12. I posted a different painting, "Love in the Afternoon" in my remembrance of him, but it's nice to see how many people are mentioning his passing in the blogosphere. Truly a master.

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  13. Aw Connor! how did he get in that painting - your connections are outstanding! :)

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  14. For a fascinating read, see Richard Merryman's bio of Andrew Wyeth. Merryman did a great Wyeth bio for children as well — if you want to do the "Cliffs Notes" version. Wyeth's pictures seem straightforward until you read about him: "the mask behind the mask" is the best way to describe him, according to Merryman.

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  15. I was hoping that someone would successfully guess why you like this painting. Is it because of the yellow dog curled between the pillows? Wyeth did light and shadow -- and a certain beautiful emptiness, or solitude -- so well.

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  16. Bee... it is the old yellow dog, just like my guy. And Connor spends much of his time in the same position, curled up sleeping on my bed!

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  17. How sad I have always loved his work. As you may well know he had the most fantastic house. I wish I knew where to send people to see pictures of it... it is a pristine purist clapboard cottage and studio on the New England coast somewhere. I remember a room with white painted Captains chairs and one of those big bay like windows as on the stern of an 18th c sailing ship. Every room in the house and studio was as carefully realized as one of his paintings.

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  18. What a gorgeous face Wyeth had (GREAT photo)! And now I'm ready to snuggle up with that sweet pup.

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  19. I love his artwork! His legacy will continue for sure.

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  20. I like the photo of Andy. I guess I should since I made it. Where would you like me to send the bill for the unauthorized and uncredited use?

    Jim

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