Saturday, January 17, 2009

Andrew Wyeth: 1917-2009

1 comment:

Allen said...

I wondered if you would post something about Wyeth's demise. I appreciate painting, but there are few painters that have truly captured me. Andrew Wyeth was one of them. I remember distinctly flipping through my textbook for Art Appreciation (I loved the title "Living With Art" or as I liked to call it, "It's Art...Live With It") I stopped cold when I came across the reproduction of "Braids" from Wyeth's Helga series. For such a simple subject and composition, I was stunned and mesmerized. I've actually gone out of my way to see shows of his work since, and I still have that same visceral reaction. I think that I react very strongly to the combination of simplicity in subject and complexity in technique. The only other painter I get as jazzed about is Van Gogh. I don't know why, and I'm not really sure that I want to delve far enough to find out. I'm afraid I'd rob myself of the joy of experiencing the art, and would over-analyze it (as I'm in danger of doing in this comment). Touche!