I just learned that Andrew Wyeth died today at the age of 91. I first learned about Wyeth’s art in my 10th-grade American literature class and I’m sure everyone recognizes Christina’s World, probably his most iconic work. It was painted in 1948 and is now part of MoMA’s collection.
While it is sad news, the passing of the artist offered me the opportunity to take another look at his career, all these years later, and refresh my memory about the mid-century clash of realism and abstract expressionism. I had forgotten about the criticism Wyeth received throughout his life â?? many calling his work too sentimental.
1964 Photo from the NYTimes.
Maybe I‘m too sentimental, but Wyeth is still one of my all-time favorite American artists and I’m glad he was fortunate to make it to 91.