Today the world says goodbye
to a great American Artist...
1917 ~ 2009
Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford... He was 91 years old. Most of the images in his art are from the area he grew up and lived in, and Maine.
"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?"
In 1971, Wyeth began a 14 year long venture in a series of secretive paintings. He'd met a German immigrant who worked for his neighbor, Karl Kuener. "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. In 1985 he revealed the full series of 240 images of Helga to his wife... and then to the world. The Helga Pictures, as they'd come to be known as, debuted in 1987 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. ~ the first time the museum featured a living artist. Wyeth said of his work, "The heart of the Helga series is that I was trying to unlock my emotions in capturing her essence, in getting her humanity down."
The empty streamer represents the artist who once said, “I wish I could be invisible when I’m painting.”
My thanks to God for allowing Andrew Wyeth to share his great talents with the world. My thanks to Andrew Wyeth for not remaining secretive and invisible to us.
Until another time... Pearl
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