Jan 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

Wow...I was really sad to hear today that Andrew Wyeth passed away. Though I am only into art as a hobby and have no professional training, I can still honestly say that Wyeth is one of my biggest inspirations. He took watercolor and egg tempera to a whole new level. His detail work is incredible. He often used the 'dry-brush' watercolor technique, and achieved impressive results; his works somehow blend realism and impressionism. His compositions focused on light, which he did really, really well.

Wyeth, of course, is most famous for Christina's World and for the still famous, though lesser-known, Helga pictures. In 2007, he was awarded the National Metal of Arts by President Bush. It was well deserved.

Wyeth's works were like a still idyllic, though less innocent, Norman Rockwells. He will be missed.

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