Friday, January 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth

I just heard that one of my favorite painters, Andrew Wyeth, has died. He was 91 years old. I only just finished reading a book about him, Andrew Wyeth A Secret Life by Richard Meryman. It was a follow up read to the NC Wyeth book I read last year and it was really interesting to read about the father first and then the son.

I grew up in a house with a couple Wyeth prints on the walls and have been a fan of his for a while. His paintings have a very quiet, thoughtful and haunting quality to them.

His most famous painting is Christina's World, which hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the book I read I was introduced to a lot of the models who appear in his paintings throughout the years. They all have interesting stories and personalities, Christina Olson being one of the most unique.

He painted in egg tempera, a medium I've never tried but am interested in trying one day. Supposedly he mixed his paints with his fingers and his hands smelled like rotten eggs.

His work has definitely been an influence on me.

"When I die don't ever worry about me. I don't believe in being there for the funeral. Remember that. I'll be flying far away, off on a new tack. Something new that's twice as good." - Andrew Wyeth