Monday, January 19, 2009


Andrew Wyeth has died at the age of 91.

He was not my favorite artist by any means but he did help to show that there is art in the ordinary and beauty in the bleak - as, in a different way, did Edward Hopper, although in Hopper's case the bleakness was a near-constant undercurrent of loneliness and isolation.

Wyeth was also, and he would deserve mention for this if for nothing else, the painter of "Christina's World," perhaps the most famously and frequently misunderstood painting ever done.

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