Andrew Wyeth 1917-2009
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Heads Up (Study for ‘Breezeway’), 1998

Andrew Wyeth, perhaps the most successful in a family replete with brilliant artists, worked in a variety of media, but his work in watercolor has proven to make a lasting impact on the medium. While his father, Newell Convers Wyeth, worked extensively as an illustrator, Andrew worked in a much “dryer” mode, depicting scenes from his own life. His early success, Christina’s World made the young painter a household name. The rest of his career saw the artist moving towards less overt narratives in his work—a conscious decision that the artist remarked upon frequently. Nonetheless, as perhaps one of the best-loved realist artists of the late twentieth century, Wyeth never left the personal story out of his work completely.