Andrew Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009)
Andrew Wyeth, master of mood and melancholic beauty, died in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on January 16, 2009.
In 1977, Wyeth became the first American artist since John Singer Sargent to be elected to the French Academie des Beaux-Arts. He was also an honorary member of the Soviet Academy of the Arts, and the first living American artist to be elected to Britain‘s Royal Academy.
Wyeth was the most renowned US painter of the twentieth century, and remained true to his vision in an era lost to abstract experiments and confusion. His unique realism elevated the particular nature of his subjects into a realm of mystery that was imitated by many and remains entirely his own.