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Andrew (Newell) Wyeth - Childhood/ Early career, Father's death / 1940s, Mature career, Critical reaction


Painter, born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA. The son of N C Wyeth, the well-known illustrator, he grew up in the atmosphere of an artist's studio and the natural world. A sinus condition kept him from attending school, and he was tutored privately. He began drawing as a youth, but not until about age 15 did he begin to get instruction from his father. By 1937 he had a one-man show of his watercolours at a New York gallery and found instant acceptance. In addition to watercolours he took up egg tempera as a medium and the dry-brush method, and, working with a relatively restrained spectrum of colours, he proceeded to produce some of the best known and most popular works of art by any American of his time, such as ‘Christina's World’ (1948) and ‘The Trodden Weed’ (1951), and numerous other of his ‘typical’ works that combine both a familiar vision of Americana along with suggestive themes and moods.

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