Andrew Wyeth Wind from the Sea tempura on hardboard 1947
Maria Hock has sent in the well-loved painting "Wind from the Sea" by Andrew Wyeth, and she has this to say about it:
Here is a less well-known painting:
Andrew Wyeth Squall tempura on hardboard 1986
In 1977 the art historian Robert Rosenblum called Wyeth "both the most overrated and underrated artist of our century", an interesting statement that needs a little picking apart. I think Rosenblum might mean that those who dismiss his work as sentimental and overly dependent on technique are missing the emotional depth, and the very unsentimental depiction of death's foreboding in everyday life. And perhaps some of Wyeth's ardent fans are overly impressed by the intensity of detail, and the ever-present sense of nostalgia for the slower pace of life in the past.
I am intensely fond of Andrew Wyeth's watercolors. Here is one that demonstates a typically powerful sense of abstraction:
Andrew Wyeth Benjamin's House watercolor 1955
“Nature is not lyrical and nice; behind the peace is violence."
~ Andrew Wyeth
Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email me an image along with a few sentences about the work.