Meet the Masters
CHRISTINA'S WORLD MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NEW YORK CITY
20th Century American Date: 1948 Size: 32 1/4” x 47 3/4” Medium: Tempera on gesso panel
ARTIST - Andrew Wyeth was born in Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania. His father was a famous illustrator and mural painter who trained Andrew. Wyeth usually paints objects and landscapes from his own life. The people portrayed in his paintings are usually his wife, his two sons or his neighbors. When he starts a new piece of art, he makes a very careful pencil drawing of his subject. Then he decides whether he is going to use watercolor or tempera for his paint. Wyeth puts great amount of feeling into his paintings. He tries to paint his subjects the way he sees and feels about them. He also pays close attention to texture and detail.
In 1963 Andrew Wyeth was awarded the 'Medal of Freedom' by President Kennedy. This is the highest honor a civilian in our nation can receive.
PRINT - Christina's World is perhaps one of Wyeth's most famous paintings. It shows a girl, crippled by polio, crawling through a field picking berries. The simple composition with its sweep of grass, lonely houses, and Christina shows a refusal to meet defeat, the struggle for existence, and courage.
In Christina's World, Wyeth was trying to portray the environment in which Christina spent her whole life. He did this by showing us the world as she saw it bordered by the house and the sea. Details are important to Wyeth. The ladder, the broken window and the abandoned roof add the finishing touches to this painting.
Historical Reference: In 1948, the date this was painted, the long playing record album (LP) was invented.
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