Andrew Newell Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth - Winter 1946

Andrew Wyeth - Winter 1946. Collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

 

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.

 

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  1. For 42 years, the life and work of Andrew Wyeth has been an important part of my own life and artistic endeavors. This personal journey began with a viewing of the artist’s work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. My uncle, an artist, took me to the exhibition. It was 1966 and I was 14 years old. That day began a life -long love affair with the Wyeth world of beauty and sadness.

    I mourn the loss of this remarkable man. Our culture has lost yet another advocate and practitioner of true fine art. But while his flesh has returned to the earth and his soul to heaven, Andrew Wyeth left us with the gift of his art.

    William David Brown
    Wilmington, Delaware
    18 January 2008


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