Andrew Wyeth

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Andrew Newell Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) was primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century. Wyeth started drawing at a young age, as he was a draftsman before he could read. By the time he was a teenager, his father brought him into his studio for the only true art lessons he ever had. He inspired boots his son's love of rural landscapes, sense of romance, and artistic traditions.  Although creating illustrations was not a passion he wished to pursue at first, Wyeth produced illustrations under his father's name while in his teens.

One of the best-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting Christina's World, currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This tempera was painted in 1948, when Wyeth was 31 years old. In his art, Wyeth's favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth often noted: "I paint my life"

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