Topic: Profiles

Andrew Wyeth: ‘America’s Most Beloved Painter’

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Read this tribute to Andrew Wyeth by fellow Maine resident, Yankee art critic Edgar Allen Beem.

Find Wyeth’s art in New England.

Peter Ralston credits the Wyeths for his finding photography and Maine.

Betsy Wyeth created a different kind of masterpiece — an island in Maine called “Betsy’s World”.

  • Christine

    I live in Delaware but I’m big fan of and annual visitor to New England. My Yankee Magazine subscription keeps me connected!
    The Wyeth homestead, studios and museum are literally up the road from here, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. I visited again last summer and was delighted with a story told by one of the guides. In June, Andrew Wyeth, then 90 years old, had just donated one of his recent paintings, of a motorcyclist heading away from the observer. It was already on display in the original and in various sizes of reprint. Apparently he had gone out onto the middle of [busy] Route 1 and set up his canvas and easel, to capture the background for this painting. The local police came along and, knowing Mr. Wyeth well I imagine, set orange cones all around him as a traffic alert!
    This Saturday there is a tribute to him planned at the museum, they are borrowing Christina’s World from the MOMA. Hoping to go!

  • Thank you for the very timely Andrew Wyeth articles – magic realism is a very under-recognized movement in North American art as for the most part it is confined to Northeastern states and provinces in North America, but the artists working in this genre are masters of their art and speak to something common to many of us. Thank you too for the links to other sites, which I plan to explore.
    Janet Gordon, Hall’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, CANADA


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