Andrew Wyeth Paintings
Andrew Wyeth was considered to be a talented visual artist and a realist' painter, with the majority of his works, etched in a regionalist style. Wyeth's paintings depicted his life and the people he acquainted himself with.
Wyeth started his works with either watercolor or pencil sketches and completed them using a dry brush, egg tempera, or watercolor. Here are a few of Andrew Wyeth's top paintings.
The Helga Pictures
This is a series that includes approximately 45 paintings and 200 drawings completed by 1985, and featuring Helga Testorf, who was Wyeth's Pennsylvanian neighbor.
She posed several times for him both in clothes and nude. The nude painting sessions were not known by either of their spouses, and those paintings were secretly hidden away at the house of Frolic Weymouth, who was a student and confidant of Wyeth.
Andrew was heavily criticized for the approach in these paintings, which has even been compared to be similar to Botticelli and Manet's techniques.
Trodden Weed by Andrew Wyeth
This remarkable and exquisite self-portrait by Wyeth was completed in 1951, and it shows Wyeth wearing a pair of old leathered high boots' that had been gifted to him by his wife in Christmas 1950.
These boots' originally belonged to Wyeth's father's teacher, Howard Pyle. Later on, Betsy, his wife, acquired these boots from one of Pyle's students to gift to Wyeth.
The symbolism used in this painting is considered to be autobiographical, with the boots refreshing Wyeth's childhood memories.
Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth
This painting completed in the year 1948, is considered to be among the top Andrew Wyeth paintings, and it is one of the few American paintings that gained fame in the 20th century.
It is a depiction of a woman lying on a barren grassy field with her view focused on a particular gray house, which is situated quite a distance away.
The woman in the painting is Anna Christina Olson who was Wyeth's friend. Christina was his summer house neighbor, who was the victim of a genetic disease that restricted her motor movements' because of which she could be seen crawling in the field nearby. This view inspired him to come up with this painting.
Wind from the Sea by Andrew Wyeth
This majestic work by Wyeth was completed in 1947, and it shows the view of the inner side of an open attic window' as the torn curtains are blown away by the wind.
Christina and Alvaro Olsen's house was used for this painting. Wyeth had been working in their attic when he felt that the curtains came suddenly to life due to a breeze blowing from the outside.
With this inspiration, he brought his work to life through canvas painting. The artist held the belief that simple objects in daily life carried immense emotions and symbolism, which he portrayed through this painting.
Winter by Andrew Wyeth
This significant artwork of Wyeth came to life in 1946, and it depicts a boy pacing down a hill on a wintry day. The painting was created after Wyeth's father had passed away, and he claimed that the boy' in the painting was him drowned in grief.
Some other Andrew Wyeth paintings that are worth mentioning include That Gentleman, Groundhog Day, Evening at Kuerners, Farm Pond, Turkey Pond, Flood Plain, Flat Boat, Dodges Ridge, Self Portrait, and Burning Off.
What is Andrew Wyeth's best-known painting?
The best-known painting that Wyeth created is Christina's World, which is set in coastal Maine depicting a young lady's backside, clad in a pink-colored dress, and lying on a field of grass.
She seems to be reposed but is somehow in an alert position with her torso supported by her arms. The tense silhouette of her body shows that she seems to be fixed on the grass field. She is seen staring at some distant farmhouse against an overcast sky.
Although Christina, his friend, and neighbor was the subject of this painting, since she was already 55 years old when Wyeth decided to paint her, the model who posed for this painting was Betsy, his wife. Due to the immense fame garnered by this painting, it was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in the city of New York.
Where are the most Andrew Wyeth paintings?
Many of Wyeth's paintings and other artworks have been sold to private collectors, or are exhibited in prestigious art galleries like:
- The MoMA
- Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
- National Academy of Design
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- University of Maine Museum of Art
- The White House Collection
- National Gallery of Art
- Acadamie Francaise (in Paris, France)
- Usher Gallery (in Lincolnshire, UK)
- Tokyo Fuji Museum of Art (in Tokyo, Japan)
The list of these museums can be found on Andrew Wyeth's official website.
However, it has been recently revealed that the Wyeth Foundation for American Art gave away a major portion of his artworks to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Maine, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art or BRMA in Pennsylvania.
What is the Meaning of the Painting Christina's World?
This artwork personifies the idea of the feeling of getting lost. As this painting came to life in the post-war period, its interpretation is crucial in unlocking this artwork's symbols.
The perplexity and emptiness that was felt by those who lose their loved ones during the war, has been expressed through the open landscape' that comes with a house at a distance. The painting is considered to be melancholy because of the idea it gives about the distance that is created between loved ones.
The pose in which Christina is seated reflects the despair she feels because of her undiagnosed and misunderstood condition.
Again the face is not revealed to the viewer, which shows us how Christina perceives the world, the perspective of those who are hurt due to losing their loved ones, or the fact that the possibilities they think of will never come to life.
This painting belongs to the realism genre, and addresses several crucial issues during that time, including disability, social isolation, and hurtful and disappointing reality which made one become perplexed and lost.
Christina's World relays the message of how important it is to determine where a human being is placed in the global community and in social relations locally.
How Many Paintings did Andrew Wyeth Paint?
The Wyeth Foundation for American Art has recently brought to light that there are approximately 7000 artworks of Wyeth, other than the ones in the museums and private collections.