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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Artist Andrew Wyeth, who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World," died early Friday. He was 91.

Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, according to Jim Duff, director of the Brandywine River Museum.

The son of famed painter and book illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth gained wealth, acclaim and tremendous popularity on his own. But he chafed under criticism from some experts who regarded him as a facile realist, not an artist but merely an illustrator.

"He was a man of extraordinary perception, and that perception was found in his thousands of images — many, many of them iconic," Duff said Friday in an interview. "He highly valued the natural world, the historical objects of this world as they exist in the present and strong-willed people."

A Wyeth retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 drew more than 175,000 visitors in 15½ weeks, the highest-ever attendance at the museum for a living artist. The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, a converted 19th-century grist mill, includes hundreds of works by three generations of Wyeths.

Wyeth even made "Peanuts," in a November 1966 comic strip: After a fire in his dog house destroys his van Gogh, Snoopy replaces it with an Andrew Wyeth.

It was in Maine that Wyeth found the subject for "Christina's World," his best-known painting. And it was in Pennsylvania that he met Helga Testorf, a neighbor in his native Chadds Ford who became the subject of the intimate portraits that brought him millions of dollars and a wave of public attention in 1986.

The "Helga" paintings, many of them full-figure nudes, came with a whiff of scandal: Wyeth said he had not even told his wife, Betsy, about the more than 200 paintings and sketches until he had completed them in 1985.

Wyeth's world was as limited in scale, and as rich in associations, as "Christina's World," which shows a disabled woman looking up a grassy rise toward her farm home, her face tantalizingly unseen.

"Really, I think one's art goes only as far and as deep as your love goes," Wyeth said in a Life magazine interview in 1965.

"I don't paint these hills around Chadds Ford because they're better than the hills somewhere else. It's that I was born here, lived here — things have a meaning for me."

Paradoxically, he said, he loved Maine "in spite of its scenery. There's a lot of cornball in that state you have to go through — boats at docks, old fishermen, and shacks with swayback roofs. I hate all that."

Wyeth was a secretive man who spent hours tramping the countryside alone. He painted many portraits, working several times with favorite subjects, but said he disliked having someone else watching him paint.

Much of Wyeth's work had a melancholy feel — aging people and brown, dead plants — but he chose to describe his work as "thoughtful."

"I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future — the timelessness of the rocks and the hills — all the people who have existed there," he once said. "I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape — the loneliness of it — the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.

"I think anything like that — which is contemplative, silent, shows a person alone — people always feel is sad. Is it because we've lost the art of being alone?"

Wyeth remained active in recent years and President Bush presented him with a National Medal of the Arts in 2007. But his granddaughter, Victoria Wyeth, told The Associated Press in 2008 that he no longer gave interviews. "He says, 'Vic, everything I have to say is on the walls,'" she said.

Wyeth was born July 12, 1917, in Chadds Ford, the youngest of N.C. Wyeth's five children. One of his sisters, Henriette, who died in 1997, also became an artist of some note, and one of his two sons, Jamie, became a noted painter. His other son, Nicholas, became an art dealer.

N.C. Wyeth, the only art teacher Wyeth ever had, didn't always agree with his son's taste.

In a 1986 interview with the AP, Wyeth recalled one of the last paintings he showed to his father, who died in 1945. It was a picture of a young friend walking across a barren field.

"He said, 'Andy, that has a nice feel, of a crisp fall morning in New England. You've got to do something to make this thing appeal. If you put a dog in it, or maybe have a gun in his hand,'" Wyeth recalled.

"Invariably my father talked about my lack of color."

Wyeth and his painting were dramatically affected when his father passed away, Duff said Friday.

"He was far less colorful after his father's death," he said. "He wanted you to understand that life was a difficult proposition."

The low-key colors of Wyeth's work stem partly from his frequent use of tempera, a technique he began using in 1942. Unlike the oil paint used by most artists today, tempera produces a matte effect.

Wyeth had his first success at age 20, with an exhibition of Maine landscapes at a gallery in New York. Two years later he met his future wife, Betsy James.

Betsy Wyeth was a strong influence on her husband's career, serving as his business agent, keeping the world at bay and guiding his career choices.

It was Betsy who introduced Wyeth to Christina Olson. Wyeth befriended the disabled elderly woman and her brother, and practically moved in with them for a series of studies of the house, its environs and its occupants.

The acme of that series was "Christina's World," painted in 1948. It was Olson's house, but the figure was Betsy Wyeth.

Another well-known Wyeth series was made at the home of Karl Kuerner, whose Pennsylvania farm bordered the spot where Wyeth's father was killed in a car-train accident.

Before his father died, Wyeth once said, "I was just a clever watercolorist — lots of swish and swash. ... (Afterward), for the first time in my life I was painting with a real reason to do it." The Kuerner paintings often have an undertone of menace, a heavy ceiling hook or the jagged edge of a log outside a sun-warmed room.

It was at Kuerner's farm that Wyeth met Testorf, a German emigre who cleaned and cooked for Kuerner.

"I could not get out of my mind the image of this Prussian face with its broad jaw, wide-set eyes, blond hair," Wyeth said.

Wyeth painted Testorf from 1970 to 1985, but didn't show his wife any of the pictures until 1981. In 1985, he revealed the full series to her, and declared he wanted them sold. The buyer, Leonard Andrews, reportedly paid $6 million to $10 million for them.

The Helga paintings created a sensation when their existence was revealed in 1986, in part because many were nudes and because of Betsy Wyeth's provocative answer when asked what the works were about. "Love," she said.

"He's a very secret person. He doesn't pry in my life and I don't pry in his. And it's worth it," she said.

After 1985, Wyeth painted Testorf at least three more times.

The exhibition of the Helga paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington drew tens of thousands, but it renewed the dispute between Wyeth's admirers and his equally passionate detractors.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York pointedly refused to accept the exhibition. And it turned out that the original stories about the collection overstated things, since some of the Helga paintings had been exhibited earlier and Betsy Wyeth had been aware of some of them.

Andrews sold the Helga collection in 1990 to a Japanese industrialist for $40 million to $50 million, dealer Warren Adelson said in 2006, when he was handling the private sale of some 200 of the works. Adelson didn't identify the industrialist.

"The heart of the Helga series is that I was trying to unlock my emotions in capturing her essence, in getting her humanity down," Wyeth was quoted in the catalog to an exhibition Adelson organized.

Some critics dismissed Wyeth's art as that of a mere "regionalist." Art critic Hilton Kramer was even more direct, once saying, "In my opinion, he can't paint."

The late J. Carter Brown, who was for many years director of the National Gallery, called such talk "a knee-jerk reaction among intellectuals in this country that if it's popular, it can't be good."

"I think the man's mastery of a variety of techniques is dazzling, and I think the content is in many cases moving," Brown said.

Wyeth is survived by his wife and two sons. Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service is being planned at the Brandywine River Museum.


Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press


Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Jan. 16, 2009.
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107 entries
May 9, 2021
I met him briefly at the Needham Public Library, viewing N.C.'s work there. It was a rare opportunity
for me at fifteen. March 1962 ..The memory is indelible. Thanks, always.
Edward Baranosky
February 15, 2018
Candy Thibodeau
January 16, 2018
Godspeed Andrew, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Now painting in the ultimate venue...
Harry Simpson
December 10, 2017
He was my absolute favorite. my dream was to meet him. I never did but his work continues in my heart.
Chris Tessnear
January 31, 2016
thanx Andy

January 31 2016
Just thinking about you and the good times, Capt. your friend Dartagnan
Ken Lindsey
February 15, 2014
You will live forever through your art....
Gail
September 6, 2012
I just read 'The Art of Andrew Wyeth' by W M Corn. To my mind, Andrew was the best artist of all time. He painted not so much with watercolors - but with his thoughts. Yes, Christina's World is great, but so are all of his works. My fav is Alvaro & Christina . . . it's that scratched blue door . . . so poignant.
Alan Hall
September 19, 2010
I have the privledge of being with your art on an almost daily basis at the Farnsworth Museum. Your memory is alive and well among the many people that visit your paintings. We have wonderful discussions about your work and you continue to bring joy to the world through your art. Thank you.
Trudy Richmond
August 11, 2010
robert hilton
January 13, 2010
Has it been almost one year? Mr. Wyeth, I hope you know that you were one of the best artists America produced. I am so happy that you passed in winter. I think of your painting seen at the Brandywine River Museum of the man laying in the melting snow. To me it is a vision of hope and death wrapped in one. I trust the family has gotten through this last year OK. They must miss him greatly.
Barb Hall
December 31, 2009
I find his work deeply moving, and am saddened by his passing.
Lin Tetrault
August 2, 2009
HE WHO TRAVELS ALONE, LOVES DEEPLY...I'm sure he is doing his greatest work. My prayers go to those left behind.
Robert Christie
June 22, 2009
HE WAS THE BEST.
Allen Halle
June 1, 2009
Jo Larzelere
April 5, 2009

An artists who will be remembered, will be missed by many, will be studied in many art classes, will be read about in many books...in other words, he will be timeless.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mariana Macemon
March 8, 2009
The world loses a unique eye, many artists can paint turmoil, few can paint peace the way Andrew did, may the peace his paintings granted me be granted to him. Greg Coates (Sydney Australia)
Gregory Coates
February 9, 2009
I have three of Andrew's prints framed and hanging in my bedroom and living room. I love his work. Visiting the museum in Chadds Ford was one of the highlights of my life. My granddaughter attends West Chester University so when I visit her I stop into the museum. My deepest sympathy to Betsy and the family. Irma Brown, Reisterstown,Md.
Irma Brown
February 5, 2009
I am sure Andrew touched many hearts with his beautiful paintings. I have two of them hanging on the walls of my home and they bring peace to my soul! Andrew will live on in the lives of all that he touched! Art is a form of visual communication.
Megan Zopf
January 29, 2009
Ever since Christina's World was introduced, I have followed Andrew Wyeth's paintings...visited the areas where he lived...visited exhibits from NY to FL...and wanted to meet him.
I've had to be satisfied with prints... but they have given me much pleasure.
Thank you, Andrew for sharing your wonderful gift with us...and thank you, Betsy, for being such a great "helpmate."
Harriet Douglas
January 29, 2009
"A magnificent life was LIVED"

deepest sympathy.............
Carole Sinclair-Thompson
January 26, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Glenna J. Moore
January 24, 2009
To the Wyeth Family, I had the extreme pleasure of working at the Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery in San Patrcio, New Mexico for Michael Hurd, the son of Peter Hurd & Henriette Wyeth Hurd. I came to know Andrew through being a part of this gallery and will always treasure that experience. My thoughts & prayers are not only with the Wyeth family in Pa. & Maine, but with Michael, Carol and their families in San Patricio. Michael, continue your wonderful art and the inspiration you gained from your Uncle Andy.
Linda Phillips
January 23, 2009
With deep respect for a fellow artist. The world has lost a great talent, but has given us all so much in return. Andrew's spirit lives on. Celebrate in the fact we have all grown through him.
Blessings on his loved ones.
P Baney Smith
January 23, 2009
His art caught my intense interest from first glance. It will continue to captivate me as long as I live. The art world has lost a jewel from it's crown.
Gregory Bogard
January 22, 2009
Safely Home
Father we entrust our brother Andrew to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Andrew in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies.
Michael Iezzi
January 21, 2009
A. Wyeth was a skillful artist that did more than skim the surface of life.
S. B.
January 20, 2009
Lynn Cook
January 20, 2009
As a pre-teen in the sixties, I loved our cottage in Cushing. What a beautiful spot. The best part was seeing a neighbors lawn ornament, a lifesize replica of the Trojan Horse. Looked up this man later in life and fell in love with his work. I recognize the areas he painted of Cushing and it always brought me to "My Happy Place" Thank You Mr. Wyeth.
William McKenny
January 20, 2009
An artist may be gone, but he lives forever in his paintings. When you look at his paintings, you can imagine what he was thinking as he painted. He will be missed by future generations.
Sandra Grzybowski
January 20, 2009
Andy you will be greatly missed You have been and allways will be a great inspiration in my life, and to many other artists in this world.

God Bless,
Ray Waychunas
January 19, 2009
Never know the Artist but did know his work.
Thank you.
Deborah Williams
January 19, 2009
What a great life! His legacy will live on from his art and the family he leaves behind. I had to pull all of my books and look at the prints I have hanging in my house of Andys work. What fun it was to reflect on this mans work. Take a drive to Chadds Fords back roads and you can breath Wyeth. Stop and just look. My sympathy to the Wyeth Family.
Willard Glenn
January 19, 2009
I have always loved the starkness, the deep down in the bones thunder of life in Andrew's (if I may be so informal) paintings. That he is no longer on this earth is a great sadness. Although everyone is special in their own right, I feel that our societies become a little less vibrant when a great artist dies.

I offer my condolences and prayers for the Wyeth family.
Rohana Chomick
January 19, 2009
Sorry for your loss. His talent is above reproach.
Jackie Godbey
January 19, 2009
Your work is a living legecy to your talent-we see it here in Greenville,SC
GLENN MASTERS
January 19, 2009
Mr. Andrew Wyeth's work will endure through the ages - long past that of our heroes from popular culture.
What a great legacy the Wyeth family has left to the planet.

Condolences to the family
John Holland
January 19, 2009
I have always loved Andrew Wyeth. Visiting a hospice patirent she remarked how much she oved Christina's World. She has passed on but that was one of her last requst to see that picture
Nancy Bing
Nancy Bing
January 18, 2009
Just last week I sent Mr. Wyeth a letter thanking him for the joy and beauty he brought to our family through his magnificent art. I am so truly sad to now offer condolences to the Wyeth family over the passing of a fascinating and uniquely gifted individual. To Betsy, Jamie, and Nicholas, we offer our heartfelt thoughts for your peace.
Tara Bryant-Gray
January 18, 2009
My husband and I were enchanted by the stark poetry of Christina's World and His Master's Bed. We first went to an exhibit of his work in Massachusetts in a very hot summer 1971? in a place without air conditioning...prints, books, etc have been in our lives for 37 years. I always felt connected to Christina, out in the tall grass and unable to get home. My husband and I were parted for 35 years by fate and then brought back together for the past 3 years. He was killed suddenly in an auto wreck 1/30/08. He was a talented artist and teacher who took lessons from Jamie Wyeth. I have three daughters who grew up with the posters framed on the walls, I owned a wholesale art gallery for many years. I miss both Michael (my husband) and Andrew. They are important visionaries in my life.
Anne Healey
January 18, 2009
To the Wyeth Family:

Andrew painted my mother's cousin a long time ago....the first female children's doctor in Delaware. His work is hung throughout our home and brings a sense of peace to our lives.
Sarah Vogel
January 18, 2009
The Wyeth Family:
Condolences on your loss. He did beautiful art and was a truly beautiful man.
Helen Baker
January 18, 2009
A copy of two Wyeth paintings currently hang in my home. I love the mood and feelings that these pieces evoke. My sincerest condolences to the family. We have lost a true American treasure in his passing, but his beautiful images will endure.
Tina Clarkson
January 18, 2009
To the Wyeth Family: Our sincerest condolences. Last evening we had dinner at a local Chadds Ford restaurant. We toasted Andrew in celebration of his life. His work and his memory will transcend time and his spirit will live on in the Brandywine Valley that he loved. RIP
Candace & Patrick Walsh (pw411@hotmail.com)
Patrick Walsh
January 18, 2009
LINDA TRACY
January 18, 2009
On my first trip to Buck's County, PA, I commented on the beautiful scenery, saying it reminded me of Andrew Wyeth's world. Later, I lived in the area and loved everyday in the open land with the steams, stone walls and split rail fences. I enjoyed the museum at Chadds Ford and as an art major, I have been fortunate to have Andrew Wyeth in my world always.

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had known Andrew Wyeth. Such talent and from such a talented family.

Take care, Affectionately, Nancy
Nancy Robinson
January 18, 2009
To the Wyeth family,
When I was 19 I discovered the world of Andrew Wyeth and fell completely in love with his work. Since then I have visited every exhibit I could. I have traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, to Jackson, Mississippi, to Savannah, Georgia, to Atlanta, Georgia, to Nashville, Tennessee, and to New York a couple of years ago when the Helga paintings were on exhibit. I was fortunate to be given the tour by Victoria at the Farnsworth the year the museum dedicated to the Wyeths opened.

I recently lost my father, so I can understand and feel your loss. Thank you for sharing him with all of us these many years. He was a gifted, talented, great man who had the ability to bring the landscapes of Pennsylvania and Maine to all of us even those of us in south Georgia.
Bess Pope
January 18, 2009
A copy of "Helga in the Garden" has hung on my living room wall for almost 20 years. I love her and Wyeth's perceptive insights will be greatly missed
January 17, 2009
The greatest artist ever, I so loved all his work,
carole Sutton
January 17, 2009
To the Wyeth family,

My mother years ago introduced me to the love of the Wyeth's work. I will love it today, tomorrow, forever.
Lori Narula
January 17, 2009
Your Magic will live forever.
Pauline Chosta
January 17, 2009
Andy, thank you for touching my heart and soul through your wonderful gift. Here's to a lfe well lived.
Cindy Vetter
January 17, 2009
You shared your gifts, creativity and artistic talent with a world of people desperately in need of appreciation for beauty and simplicity. Thank you Mr. Wyeth, may your rest in God's peace.
Melissa Hickey
January 17, 2009
A wondeful artist whom I saw early in my life and influenced my artistic side. May God Bless.
Nash Mitchell
January 17, 2009
My favorite artist growing up in South Louisiana in the 1960's was Andrew Wyeth. I was in awe of his landscapes and portraits and felt a similiar connection to these in my world. Over the years, I have continued to keep up with his works and accomplishments. He was a wonderful inspiration to me.
I hope your family finds much strength and happiness in all the memories he has left behind.
Teri Brasher
January 17, 2009
May you find many new inspirations.
May the geese fly your way! We will never forget his Genius! God bless you all...and Mr. Wyeth! From a fellow Pennsylvanian....and one who also knows how to be alone.
betsy searfoss
January 17, 2009
His paintings have brought so much pleasure to me. I always wanted to paint like him. I consider Andrew Wyeth the greatest American artist of all time. God bless his family.
Janet J. Brown
January 17, 2009
I was introduced to Andrew Wyeth in my undergraduate freshman year of art training in 1967. I have followed him since then. He was truly a master of egg tempera and dry brush water color and of capturing that hidden essence of human existence. He was a major influence to my art and will be sorely missed!
Raymond Lillback
January 17, 2009
Growing up in Rockland, Maine, the Farnsworth was my favorite place to go. I would be there several times a week just to see your work. I was there the day "Her Room" was unveiled. It took me 35 years, but I finally have a copy of it. Your work is so peaceful to look at and always made me feel wonderful. You were so gracious to meet. Your work will live on forever, I wish you could have also. Such pride we have you as an American for all of your gifts to us over the years. My condolences to Betsey, Jamie and Nicholas and their families for their loss and ours.
Rosemary Lorenzo
January 17, 2009
Thank you for sharing the gifts God gave you with the rest of us.
Rest in Heavenly Peace.
E.S Pa & NC
January 17, 2009
I just woke up to the news. Oh my but what a gifted soul has left us all. When I was very young I discovered his paintings because I was attracted to how he captured the beauty of the cold winter. I have always loved winter and these paintings gave me words to express my feelings for a cold day. How fitting that he take his leave of us on such a day as this.
Donna Maglione
January 17, 2009
The first time I went to an art museum, there was an exhibition of Andrew Wyeth's works. It was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. What an impression it made! Thank you for opening my eyes.
Ernie Fink
January 17, 2009
I have admired and appreciated his art works for years and they still have that appealing lure to my eye and senses.

He is a true artist!


Margaret Gerow
Florida
Margaret Gerow
January 17, 2009
Rest in peace with eternal colors at your disposal.
Henryk Zaleski USN (Ret)
January 16, 2009
My deepest sympathy to the Wyeth family. I met Betsy and Andrew at the Chadds Ford Inn many years ago with Terry Mauer, who designed and made his Neru Jackets. She lived in Audubon, NJ. Andrew painted Terry with the Blue Max hanging around her neck. May he rest in peace.
Dawn K. McCann
January 16, 2009
You touched my soul.
Joanne will love your company.
Kenneth Duncan
January 16, 2009
Peter Kapschutschenko [Ukrainian sculptor] and I both admired the great realistic stlyle of Andrew Wyeth. Peter Kapschutschenko also liked the emotional elements in his composition which produced a dialogue between the work and the viewer. The sculptor was from Ukraine and he informed me how Andrew Wyeth was so respected in Ukraine and Russia.Simply put,Andrew Wyeth was one of the great forces of American Art in the 20th century.
John Bruce Schmitt
January 16, 2009
We have lost America's most beloved artist. He was a gentle giant. I wish I could name another modern artist who was as highly regarded but there isn't one. He will be missed dearly.
David Brickman
January 16, 2009
May you paint the landscapes of RURAL HEAVEN for all eternity.
With deepest sympathy to your family and all those who had the sweetest pleasure of knowing you personally.
RIP and thank you for your inspiration.
Germaine Phelps
January 16, 2009
Death is inevitable, but Andrew Wyeth is one person I just wish could've lived forever. Hank's Place will feel a little emptier now.
Drew Biordi
January 16, 2009
May your spirit roam the hills along the Brandywine that you loved so much!!!!
Ed Rillstone
January 16, 2009
Derek Tebbetts
January 16, 2009
Thank you to Mr. Wyeth and the entire Wyeth family for such moving art. The paintings of rural Pennsylvania meant such much to me growing up in rural Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Thank you.
Sarah Gorman
January 16, 2009
My aunt who passed away in her sleep, in 1996, was one of Andrew Wyeths biggest fans. She had so very many of his prints. I like to picture her in heaven meeting him and telling him how great an artist he was.
Judi C
January 16, 2009
I visit Andrew Wyeth's paintings each year at the Greenville Museum of Art in South Carolina. To say Wyeth was an important painter is such an understatement.

Wyeth's use of color, shading, and darkness, combined with his subject matter (Particularly individuals like Helga) made him unique. My sympathy to the family. We've lost an American icon.
Mark Russell
January 16, 2009
Thank's for sharing your talented
gift's with us.
tom oneill
January 16, 2009
REST IN PEACE ANDREW WYETH
D. ZIMMERMAN
January 16, 2009
You will be sorely missed. I fell in love with you, your paintings, your father's paintings, your son's paintings. I visit the Brandywine each time I come home to Delaware County. I will never look at Ring Road & other haunts the same again.
Mary McGuire Spotts
January 16, 2009
My favorite artist...thank you for inspiring my family. My living room is called my Andrew Wyeth gallery although they are prints they are treasured by me and my entire family. My son is an artist and was inspired by your realism. You will be remembered forever!! Thank you for your art!! RIP
The Kelley's
January 16, 2009
Dear Wyeth family,
We were sorry to hear of your recent loss. Andrew Wyeth sort of became part of our family over the years. We moved down to South Jersey in the1980's and visited the Brandywine Museum . We liked the sparse realism and feel of his paintings of the area. Our family also travels to central Maine over the summer, so we appreciate those pictures as well. His "weatherside" painting reminded me of my Dad's old house in Skowhegan.We have that print hanging in our home along with four others that remind us of good days and good times. We have recently taken the Kuerner farm tour and the N.C.Wyeth studio one as well. A few years ago we visted the Olson farm and the Farnsworth Museum. When I was a teacher I would bring my high school Western Culture class to the Brandywine museum for the day.I teach a history class at a Philadelphia University where I always include a lecture on the Wyeths place in the history of American art. My wife and I had the privilege of going to the Andrew Wyeth exihibit at the Philadelphia Museum a few years ago and enjoyed ourselves immensely. On our last annual visit to the Brandywine Museum we were honored to have "Vic" as our tour guide.In my library there are a number of Wyeth related books that I refer to and enjoy often.We are thankful for the place he continues to play in our lives and he will be missed and remembered. I hope he was able to finish his large
"snowstorm" picture. God bless. The Steve Parsons family
stephen parsons
January 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Wyeth's family and close friends in your time of grief. May the many wonderful memories you have. bring you comfort. I am a lifelong admirer of what Mr. Wyeth accomplished. As an adult in my 40's back in the 80's -- I was privileged to meet him at a museum we both happened to be visiting. He was as nice a person to have a conversation with as the quality of his art. We have lost a person who made the world a better world.
Jack Bilson, Jr
January 16, 2009
To Betsy, Nicholas, Jaime, Victoria, and entire families and staff both in Chadds Ford and Maine, I offer my deepest sympathy to all on the loss of Andrew. He was a fantastic and loving father,grandfather, artist, and friend, and will always be remembered. I will especially remember serving on the board of the Sanderson Museum with him. His love, respect and beautiful artwork lives on forever. He will be missed very much. God Bless You!
Terry Berndt
January 16, 2009
His work will live forever.
domsnn
January 16, 2009
What a great loss to the world of art. May you rest in peace, Mr. Wyeth, and may your works of art live on to eternity and be truly appreciated by all. God bless you and your family.
Leta Ensey
January 16, 2009
What wonderful gifts he gave the world. He is a true national treasure. Thank you Andrew. My condolences to the Wyeth Family. He will live on in our hearts.
Beth Heiser
January 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers to the family. I am not an artist, but Andrew Wyeth was such an inspiration to all. I have been to Christina house and feel his presents in every room. I have also been to both the Farnsworth Museum and Chadd's Ford. You will be missed by so many people that you did not even know.
Judie Dionne
January 16, 2009
My best wishes to Wyeth family in loss of a wonderful artist Andrew..Andrew Wyeth was my all-time favorite artist and I love many of his paintings..my most memorable experiences and enjoyable was seeing great paintings of Wyeth Exhibit few years ago at Phila Art Museum..Andrew Wyeth will be missed..I hope Brandywine Museum continue to show Andrew's paintings for a long time that my family will come back time after time to see and enjoy.
Jim Ryan Jr
January 16, 2009
You painted simplicity and made it complex. You painted the common and the overlooked and made them regal and well known. You painted mundane and made it cosmopolitan. You painted country and gave it your own urbanity. You painted local and made it global. I have no right to feel pride in your accomplishments, Andrew, yet I do. Thank you for giving me this feeling. It is an honor to have lived so close to greatness. Rest in peace, my neighbor and friend. Your work ensures your memory.
Felix Russo
January 16, 2009
My favorite painting - the lamb, which is hanging in the lamb tavern, adjacent to cardinal o'hara high school. his paintings were thoughtful and captured the true beauty of the chester county countryside
dan mcandrew
January 16, 2009
In 1969, my art teacher laid the new, massive Andrew Wyeth book, published by Houghton Mifflin, on my school desk. Since that day, when I looked upon those pages, I have only wanted to watercolor and drybrush like Andrew Wyeth. He has been my sole guiding spirit, and I'll always cherish the Brandywine Museum, the Helga exhibit coming to the Dallas Museum of Art, and my stay at the Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth ranch in New Mexico. I'm deeply saddened by Andrew's passing, but profoundly grateful for the recorded visions he has left in his wake. His compositions have elevated our American consciousness like few other artists.
David Tripp
January 16, 2009
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE, PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO THE WYETH FAMILY& FRIENDS.
KEN & MARY O'DANIEL
January 16, 2009
Andrew Wyeth led a full and productive life, and created art that means a great deal to a great many people. He was fortunate to LIVE until he died- peacefully, in his sleep- what a way to go. I personally am saddened by his death- I wish I could have met the man behind some of my favorite works of art.
Diane C.
January 16, 2009
In 1997 my husband and I were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Farnsworth Museum by Victoria Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth's only grandchild. To see the original paintings was amazing but to have them discribed by his granddaughter was priceless. I will never forget the reflection of the painter in the doorknob and the cat in the window in the painting "Pink Curtains".
May choirs of angels see you to your rest!
Lynne Wooby
January 16, 2009
Mr. Wyeth's presence in Chester County in the 70's was quite an influence on the aspiring art students at West Chester U...from his subject Karl Kuerner's daughter, Libby, hiring us to work in her luncheonette where we would see the male clone of our boss in the prints hanging on the walls to our journeys over the backroads of yet to be trendy Chester County to paint...we were blessed to be there at this time; may his legacy continue to influence local artists...god gave him his gift and he gave back.
Joyce McDermott Larrabee
January 16, 2009
Woke this morning and heard that he was gone. I am sorry. His work was moving and inspiring. My condolences to his family and friends. May he walk and paint in peace, elsewhere.
Laurel Daly
January 16, 2009
Thank you for enriching my world with your beautiful art. God blessed you with a great talent and you used His gift abundantly.
Ginny Clark
January 16, 2009
With the sad new of Andrew Wyeth's death I was shocked as he is my favorite artist. Growing up in Maine his work of "Christians World" brings me back to my childhood. Seems like "Christians World" was done for me as that painting was much like my world.
My very Deepest Sympathy for Andrew's family and friends.
Norma Aversa
January 16, 2009
A good friend of mine framed a lot of your work (Richard "Dick" Crowell) when he had the Manassas, Virginia shop. Your art will be enjoyed by many and I was so impressed as a art student with your style. Thank you for giving us a look at the world through your eyes.
Fronza Gould
January 16, 2009
Your work filled my soul with its quiet heartbreaking beauty and celebration of solitude. As Eliot wrote in his poem Usk and it seems what you painted into your Pennsylvania landscapes:

"...Lift your eyes
Where the roads dip and where the roads rise
Seek only there
Where the grey light meets the green air
The Hermit's chapel, the pilgrim's prayer."

You have given us the evidence of your own sweet worship. I am grateful that I lived in your time. Thank you and godspeed!
Shirley Moore
January 16, 2009
One of the greatest pleasures I have had in my life is being able to spend time at the "Brandywine River Museum" and see this man's work and that of his family. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.
Gladys Marlin
January 16, 2009
Rest in peace, Andrew. You had a great life, a great family. What more could a man ask for? Rest easy. You earned it.
Stanley Levin
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