👉 'Best of Painters.Paintings - 2017' 👈 Andrew Wyeth (191712/23/2021, 10:00:52 AM
👉 'Best of Painters.Paintings - 2017' 👈 Andrew Wyeth (1917 2009): Christina's World, 1948, Tempera on gessoed panel, 81.9 cm x 121.3 cm (32 1/4 in x 47 3/4 in), Museum of Modern Art, New York City . . Often criticized for his inability to evolve his style with the times, Andrew Wyeth's contribution to American art is paramount. He remained loyal to Realism throughout his career and perfected this style through countless paintings depicting rural settings. Wyeth's 'magic realistic' rendition of a woman lying in the grass in an open field with her back turned to the viewer, looking up at a gray house on the horizon garners an instant response. Is she hurt? Is she abandoned? Does she need help? In the 'Christina’s World', the seemingly distant farmhouse, her helpless stance, might cause a slight anxiety and unease when one looks at it. The woman, in fact, was Christina Olsen (1893 1968), a neighbor of Wyeth's in South Cushing, Maine, one of the two locations where he made all of his paintings, the other being his home in Chadds Ford, PA. Wyeth's inspiration for this powerful image came about when he saw Christina crawling outside in the grass from his window she had lost the use of her legs in her early 30's due to a degenerative muscular condition. Wyeth juxtaposed his wife, Betsy's torso on Christina‘s lower body, as Christina was 55 years old at the time this painting was made. Upon its completion, the work was shown at the Macbeth Gallery in New York City in 1948, where it was quickly acquired by the founding director of MoMA, Alfred Barr for a mere $1800!