Friday, January 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth
1917 - 2009
My heartfelt thanks to one of my favorite artists. As long as I can remember I loved the painting "Master Bedroom", pictured above. It always spoke to my heart, it was a connection to my heritage. I imagined that being a room in my great-grandparents farmhouse. Every time I see this painting, there is a warm, soft, familiar feeling in my heart and my thanks go to Andrew Wyeth.
May he rest in peace.

Here are a few quotes of his that I took from the news story I read this morning.

"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."
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?"


Tia Langston said...

Oh, that's sad that he won't be creating in this life any longer. I also like the "Master Bedroom." Thanks for relaying the news.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh. My. Gosh. My husband totally owned that print when we got married. I'm not sure it survived the move though. I shall have to search boxes.