More Remembrances of Andrew Wyeth

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96 Responses to “More Remembrances of Andrew Wyeth”

  1. Michael Levine Says:

    I am a critic of art critics on Andrew Wyeth! What a scourge to humanity they are.

  2. Hal & Marianne Sacks Says:

    Andy was the last American Master. Never to be forgotten. We always
    anticipated our visits to the Brandywine River Museum, knowing there would always be something new he had created. Follow in his footsteps at the Wyeth homestead and studio, the Kuerner Farm and in Rockland, Maine the Farnsworth Museum and the Olsen House. Jamie should do a retrospective of “Snow Hill” with Andy hanging on to that last streamer.
    Now Victoria can write her book for all to enjoy.

  3. Like everyone you have to hang your head and wonder, Andrew will be missed yet what a better world for us all having had him in it. Seeing his take on the world and his endless works for all to view for the rest of time.

  4. Marilyn Shafer Bush Says:

    I’ve followed his work since I was a child. He was such an inspiration to me. I began to paint at an early age and will continue to paint the rest of my life.
    I’m so saddened by today’s news but so grateful for the beautiful work of Andrew Wyeth.
    The world has truly lost one of the best.

    Marilyn Shafer Bush

  5. Antoinette Says:

    A great loss A name I will never forget as my mother, deceased had the Wyeth name imprinted in my mind from birth. A woman born and raised in Maine, from a artist family gave me the best memories of fine art and pictured for me a beautiful world.
    You will be missed and remembered.
    Many prayers and blessings

  6. We are all saddened to hear that such a great artist has passed away. He has lived a rich life and has blessed us all with his tremendous talents. Condolences to the family and friends.

  7. Someone said recently that after seeing Andrew Wyeth’s paintings, they released they had been only looking at things without really ever seeing. That’s how I feel today. I’m thankful we have his paintings so he may continue to show us how to see.

  8. Richard Moffett Says:

    I first saw Andrew Wyeth’s work in an art book visiting a friend’s house many years ago. Over the years I have received great pleasure from viewing his work and reading about his life. Though I did not know him, I felt a connection by visting Chadds Ford, enjoying the Brandywine River Museum many times, and attending other major exhibitions of his work.
    I’ve read many tributes and criticisms from those in the art world who profess to be in the know about such things, but all I can say is that Wyeth’s work touched my soul in a way I still do not fully understand. A giant has passed, Godspeed Mr. Wyeth.

  9. I will always remember him for the “Portrait of a Pig”
    I love his art.

  10. Linda Boyer Says:

    When I was a young girl, my uncle, Carlton Harkins of Brandamoor, pointed Andrew Wyeth out to me on a trip to Chadd’s Ford. He told me, “Look at his work, appreciate his work and you will find the true spirit of the people.” I remember smiling shyly and saying “hello” , and Mr. Wyeth responding with a warm wonderful smile and a beautiful twinkle in his eyes. That day is one of my fondest memories. Although I can only purchase poster prints, I treasure each and every one of them. My deepest condolances to the Wyeth family and to all in the art world as we have all lost a master. To Mr. Wyeth, Thank you and God Bless.

  11. This news has brought me to tears. For over a decade I have imagined myself meeting Andrew Wyeth at the Brandywine Museum where I was emotionally overwhelmed by his work. Now that dream has died.

    Sending his family thoughts and prayers of comfort and strength.

  12. Andrew Wyeth was an American treasure. I have been an admirer of his work for many many years. I have visited the museum often, hoping to see Mr. Wyeth. I feel very saddened about his passing. It really is the end of a great American life. I know I am a better artist and designer for studying the work of Mr. Wyeth. His work will live forever, and I am happy about that. Goodbye Mr. Wyeth, I look forward to meeting you in the big studio in the sky.

    We never did meet, but I feel like I knew you.

    Bill…

  13. He was truly one of the best artists I have ever known. -In my early years as an young artist he was one of the first artists I became familiar with and he was a tremendous impact or influence on me as an artist . I even studied and worked in traditional egg tempera because of my admiration of his works and the subtle quite emotional beauty he brought to each of his portraits , figures, and landscapes studies. he will be greatly missed and Andrew your work and influence is still with me.

    James Xavier Barbour
    Professional Fine Art Realist Painter and Sculptor
    and Instructor

  14. Wow, what a loss of a legend of this greater philadelphia region of PA.
    Of course all good things must end and all good people must succumb to the end of their life’s road, but how sad for the rest of us, that someone so wonderful must be gone. Our family enjoys Andrew Wyeth throughout our home and since our 4 children were very small, our oldest is now 19, we have made our annual pilgrimage to Brandywine to indulge in the comfort of being in Wyeth World. Our children can point out from far away when the come across a Wyeth in other surroundings and other locations. We just love everything about his work and those of his dad and son. We must let you know that his prints even hang in the homes of my siblings in Dublin, Ireland, whom we have brought to Brandywine on their every visit to the USA. Heaven benefitted today when they welcomed Andrew Wyeth home. He joins many happy souls and leaves many sad souls here behind. Rest In Peace Mr. Wyeth, you were a marvel and we will always enjoy your gifts. We admire our “North Light” limited edition print over our mantle every evening and our children jest with me that it would be the one thing I would run back into the house for should we ever have to evacuate our home. They laugh at the image of me standing stranded holding my big heavy precious Wyeth……its a long distance love of mine.
    Best wishes and sincerest sympathies we extend to the members of his family who will feel the loss most of all.
    Sincerely,
    Neve & Michael Hennessey, Lansdale PA

  15. Kathy Rayburn Says:

    As a young adult growing up in the area I often visited Chadd’s Ford and the museum in the 1970’s. From the first sight of The Giant, Evening at Kuerner’s, and that Pig, I was transfixed by all three generations of Wyeths.

    Hearing of Andrew’s death today, I took a loving look at the house hanging hanging on the wall at the foot of my bed. I can never think of him being dead, as his art is so alive for me each and every day.

    May God rest his soul. My sympathy to family and friends.

  16. Heaven has gained another magnificent and gifted artist…..I’m sure Andrew was welcomed with open arms and much enthusiasm by the masters and legends who have gone before him…They have all left us with their precious art and they will continue to inspire for generations to come…..Snowy days and autumn leaves will be even more beautiful now that Andrew will be adding his Heavenly touch for us all to see and enjoy…

    Rest in Peace Andrew…You have left a legacy that will be admired forever and thank you for sharing your gift with the world…This artist will never forget you….

  17. Ed Rillstone Says:

    May your spirit roam the hills along the Brandywine that you love so much!!!!

  18. Kelly Patton Says:

    My father was the person who introduced me to the art of the Wyeths; we shared a mutual love of the ‘Wyeth eye’ as we called it. Andrews paintings were such a part of my relationship with my dad. I feel as if he were almost a member of my own family. I have carried my love of his work through to my own sons; one of whom is named Wyeth– I hope someday, they will do the same with their children.

    I will miss knowing that he is somewhere in the world sketching, painting…

  19. Painter, introvert, storyteller, thinker, the work and world of Wyeth are things I love.

    I adore him for many reasons. I shall list just a few.

    1. He painted who and what he wanted, critics be damned. He didn’t seem to care that his work could not be labeled as one thing or another.

    2. There is much more to his work than meets the eye. Most Andrew Wyeths that I have had the honor of seeing feature a psychology of space and place, symbolism and honest beauty – real beauty, which is not always BEAUTIFUL.

    3. His palette. Oh his palette. It was so of the earth.

    Please, if you have not had the good fortune to know this man in life, take some time to gaze upon “Christina’s World” and the landscapes, especially those involving windows.

    There are so many feelings and situations he saw and told us about in a visual language that is real, timeless and of the heart.

  20. Bob Jones Says:

    I’m sadden at the loss of such a legend. I attended the opening of the
    Brandywine Museum and fell in love with the Wyeth Family and as an
    artist Andrew Wyeth had a tremendous influence on me. I have visited the
    Brandywine over 12 time in the last 20 years. I had the opportunity
    of meeting Andrew at his home one hot evening as he was coming
    in to his home and took the time to say hello and I really appreciated
    this occassion. My prayers go out to the Wyeth family.

    Best Regards,

    Bob

  21. The only teacher Andrew Wyeth ever had was his father. After all of my years of study, I fell Mr. Wyeth is the only teacher that I have ever had. I never had the honor of meeting him, but I feel that I am closer to him than most people I know. This is a loss the world will feel for quite sometime. I am just thankful that my life has been touched by his. We will miss you Andrew Wyeth. Thank you.

  22. i feel that i have lost a family member and maybe more ….
    even more than his great art career, he was the only real teacher which i had in my artistic life and it was my greatest wish to visit him once…
    he will be alive in my heart as long as i live…

  23. Katie Horan, Chadds Ford, Pa Says:

    I am deeply saddened by the death of Andrew Wyeth. He was truly an American treasure and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to meet him and speak with with him on numerous occasions. His wonderful paintings are his legacy and will be enjoyed by generations to come. I will miss his friendly wave and smile at the post office or Hanks. We were so fortunate to have him living right hereamong us.
    I extend my deeepest sympathies to his wonderful family.
    Rest well Andy and know you will be missed!

  24. one who ‘spoke’ to my soul…

  25. I just read, when searching for funeral arrangements, that critics “may be squabbling over his legacy for years.” How irrelevant, and irreverent, a comment. Here’s how I judge his legacy: I have spent countless hours “in conversation” with this man that I had never met, by standing in front of incomparable works (I love his washes) at Brandywine. When I heard on the car radio that my friend had at last passed away, I had to pull over, let my eyes tear, and allow the great sense of inevitable loss do what it would with me. Let me only add, as petty as it must sound, that never once did I spend an hour with a critic’s comments that left as a lasting an impact as did any one of Andy’s incredible brushstrokes. I shall only miss how he magaged to surprise me on each visit, for there will be no more surprises. To quote another gone artist: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you give.” Thanks for all the love, Mr. Wyeth.

  26. I saw the Helga series and also have visited the Brandywine Museum several times. Andrew Wyeth was an American Master. The art world is a different place because he enriched it by adding his careful skill and vision of reality. Mr. Wyeth will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

  27. Aaron M. Kromash Says:

    At a difficult time several years ago, in the depths of winter, I came across the Helga volume for the first time in quite a while and brought it to my desk eagerly. It was what I needed. For the next month, in some very dark days, it was Andrew and JS Bach together who spoke to me in all I did.

    Since that time, Andrew and his work have never been very far from my thoughts and have influenced my life quietly but profoundly. Now he is with me in Vermont, when I stand at the top of a hill on skis at midnight, when I split wood and put potatoes into the root cellar. I do not have artistic talent, but I’ve realized that the life I have chosen is my art, and I owe an immense gratitude to Andrew for his vision before my deed. This is for me, the essence of his message: to perceive all the time the art where and how we live.

  28. P. Crawford Says:

    The death of Andrew Wyeth fills me with rememberances of an event seared in my memory: the day my mother became my friend. The year was c. 1989 and I had recently graduated from college and moved to Virginia for my first job. My father had some work at Tufts that summer, and I drove up to visit them one weekend. While my dad was working, my mother and I got in the car and headed to “the Brandywine” area – something I had no appreciation for at the time. My mother, a capable artist in her own right, definitely had an appreciation for the work of Andrew Wyeth (an unknown to me) and we spent several hours at the Brandywine Museum gazing at and discussing his work. I am not a person that typically appreciaties art, but there was something about the scene and the moment that was magical. I don’t know if it was the beautiful land and scenery, the serenity of the paintings, the fascinating story of the family, or the just something that my mother and I created, but it was beautiful and truly magical. I can still so vividly recall the discussions of “the Helga series”, “the Master Bedroom”, “the Old Man of the Sea (?)”, and “the Pig”, among others. After leaving the Brandywine Museum, we spent some time at Valley Forge and then spent the last of the day in Philadelphia laughing and troublemaking all the while at Freedom Hall, the Liberty Bell, and “the sprint up the Rocky steps”. It is hard to imagine that it was only a day because that timeperiod contains a lifetime of memories for me. I don’t think my mother presented herself that day in any way different than her basic essence, but I think it was I that had finally matured to a point that I could see her in a different light and life. The analogy to Wyeth is captured in the appreciation of how subtle changes in angles, colors, and lighting can create such different perspectives of a scene. It happened that day in my life with my mother as the subject.

    Something like a decade ago, my mother gave me a book on Wyeth that she signed with some recollections of that day as well. I cherish it and will seek it out this weekend for the nostalgia, but Wyeth’s passing floods me with the pain of my mother’s passing three years ago. I hope Wyeth’s spirit finds my mother’s spirit and they dance in the celebration of being free and in the appreciation of how his work helped me find a different way to appreciate and love my mother.

  29. I am heartbroken with the sad news of Andrew Wyeth’s passing. His work speaks to me like no other American artist. I feel so fortunate to be able to see and enjoy his paintings. Andy will be missed terribly but will live on in our hearts always. We were blessed to know and love him during our lifetime. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. God speed, Andy.

  30. Susan Foster Says:

    I met Victoria at the Farnsworth in Maine. I was so moved by Andrew’s paintings and Victoria’s personal touch. I am saddened by the death of Andrew. His legacy will live on in the stories he told on canvas. My sympathy goes out to Victoria and her family.

  31. Dyan Redick Says:

    This man touched the very soul of the experience of life. He taught us how there is no need for anything other than to observe what is right before our eyes. His life’s work is a celebration of the joys and sorrows of life, reflected in faces, landscapes, and the lives of ordinary people who are in love with the extraordinary business of living.

  32. Allan Shaffer Says:

    I lived in the Chadds Ford Unionville area for 18 years. I will always remember seeing Andrew Wyeth’s painting at the Brandywine River Museum and seeing his prints at the Chadds Ford Gallery and surounding area. Seeing the Chadds Ford Landscapes and living the area where Andrew Wyeth painted will always be important for me to remember. I do not live in the area any more but I make a trip in the Spring every year back to the Brandywine Valley to remember the place where I used to live. Thank you Andrew Wyeth for adding to my life through your paintings a place to remember.

  33. I offer my condolences to Victoria and the entire Wyeth clan.
    May you all continue to see the world through an artist’s eye.

  34. Early on in my painting career, I happened to be in a small gallery on the Upper East Side of NYC. Their catalogue mentioned an Andrew Wyeth painting so I asked to see it. They waved me back to a small office, and there hanging on the wall was one of his paintings. I was all by myself with this amazing work of art. There was so much tension and emotion in that simple work of art. It was “Intruder”. Andrew Wyeth is one of my heroes, he inspired me to pursue my own career in art and he painted great works of art that were moving and compelling and that spoke to the viewer without having to have a degree in Art History to understand what he was saying. He had an immense talent and worked in two of the most difficult mediums out there. We have lost a great talent, I will miss him.

  35. Addio Andrew, one of my favorite American artist. Visiting, several times, the Brandywine River Museum and admiring his pictures knowing he was close by still working provided a timeless sensation, something reflected in his painting.
    My condolences to Victoria who I had the privilege to meet once I was escorting to the BRM a group of fascinated Italian travel agents, she personally presented and “explained” to us the works of her grandfather, an experience the group and myself will never forget. My sympathies also to Frolic who may remember me for the common friendship with Wilson King and love “pur le fromage” hope to see you again in the future.

  36. Sonya Kromash-Schwartz Says:

    Through his remarkable sensitivities, Andrew Wyeth touched the hearts and souls of the world. He conveyed a flavor of American life that was powerful in its simplicity. The uniqueness of his abilities to stir human emotion through his artworks has made an enormous contribution to America and to human history.

  37. Greenville, SC is where I encountered the Wyeth family works of art.
    It was amazing to me. Thank You for being a part of our community.

  38. Steven James Petruccio Says:

    Sadness was my first reaction. Sadness for the loss of a great artist. Sadness for his family. But part of my reaction, I realized, was selfish. I always looked forward to seeing new works and now, that will no longer happen. Then it occurred to me how fortunate Mr. Wyeth was to have had the life he had. To be able to persue your vision through your talent, as burdensome as it becomes at times, it a blessing. Sharing his gifts with us has been our great experience. His accomplishments have effected our lives. I continue to persevere in my art because of the Wyeth family influence, not in style but in example of endurance and focus. I remember showing my work to a gallery director a while back and he referred to me as “the poor man’s Wyeth”. At first I was insulted and then immediately honored to be so compared. Andrew Wyeth lives on in every work he created and every life he touched. I’ll continue to hold him as one of the few influencial people in my life.

  39. Jackie Sones Says:

    May everyone live a life as passionate.

  40. although i have never visited his pa location (hope to this year), he added another dimension to my memorable trips to maine.

    his work, the pleasure it gave to people (record museum attendance around the world), and the many first time honors/recognitions he received globally all speak for themselves.

    had his catty detractors spent less time in the busy pursuit of finding fault with his often sublime work, and more time in improving their own skills…

  41. Judy Ernst Says:

    Victoria, my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your grandfather. Although I live on Cape Cod I am quite familiar with the Brandywine Museum and take new visitors thre anytime I can. Last fall a dear friend from New York went with me to Philadelphia and of course I made sure Brandywine was on our agenda. We were a bit late but as we entered the docent said that you were doing a tour upstairs. We rushed up and were able to be there for the majority of the tour. It was absolutely the best tour I’ve ever been on. Your family came alive and your love and devotion to your grandparents was evident. I have always loved the paintings but your presentation made me love the painters as well. I was so impressed that that later when I was going up to Bangor I did a small detour to the Farnsworth Museum. I was a week too late to see the home but enjoyed the museum and was pleased to have a deeper understanding of a great family.

    My prayers are with you and I know your grandfather must have been as proud of you as you are of him. I’m happy that his legacy is in such good hands.

  42. Andy was founding president of the Christian C. Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford, and I, as that museum’s third president, was privileged to converse with him frequently and recall that he graciously met with me three times to help as I struggled to write a biography of the Kuerner Farm family, where he painted something like a thousand paintings. He also wrote the forward to that book, The Land of Truth & Phantasy, which was published in 2005. He was a wonderful person, as is his wife Betsy, and were his sisters Carolyn and Ann, each of whom I had the privilege to meet.

  43. Words are totally inadequate to describe the profound influence and impact of Mr. Wyeth’s incredibly beautiful and masterful paintings. “I have strong feelings about them but just can find the words,” says my husband.
    Guess we just want to say THANKS.

  44. I was fortunate to be at the Brandywine Museum when Jamie Wyeth was on hand for a book signing and Victoria Wyeth was giving a tour of the late Andrew Wyeth’s artwork. Victoria’s commentary was illuminating and insightful, and when I had an opportunity to talk to her in the elevator going down, she urged me to get something signed by Jamie. I really wanted a poster signed, and she told me he’d sign books or posters, and the poster that Jamie graciously signed was a photograph, a portrait of Andrew and Jamie.

    During what was a very long signing, Jamie Wyeth took time to talk briefly wit each person, making each individual feel important, valued, knowing they stood in line for hours to meet him.

    Charming, down-to-earth, and gracious, Victoria and Jamie are part of America’s First Family of Art. We are immeasurably richer for having had N.C. Wyeth and all the creative/artistic family tree that spread branches, with roots dug deep in American soil: the result has been a singular collection of art that will stand the test of time.

  45. I never heard about AW before I came to the US. My first contact was from reading books at the public library. Ever since I have had a hunger to see more and more of his wonderful paintings. There are few artists who can inspire more that AW. He was a true master. He will be missed.

    Hope to see the works from the last years in a museum.

  46. Toni Reed Says:

    Andrew was a true contemplative mystic who could FEEL into the background and get to the bottom of his subject which was the merging of his own true self-his soul-with theirs. His level of attained conciousness or FEEL was equal to later Cezannes and Friedrichs. To stand before these painters’ works is to be pulled IN so that you merge as well-completely forgetting yourself until you are released from that place.

    Of course he is not understood by the critics! What do they FEEL? Nothing! They are only artless thinkers who have never gotten IN to the sublime so have no sense of IT. Their level of consciousness (consciousness being knowing FEEL) is quite low so that is why they talk about art and don’t do any. They can’t walk the walk!

    I will miss Andrew greatly. His were some of the first art-books I took a look at and I could FEEL into all of what he was about immediately. I have a copy of his 1981 British done biography video, and I watch it alot. Very calming he is and the way his hand moves and what he had to say about what it was like to sit with Christina. ” IT wasn’t what was said but what wasn’t.” All of the divine passed between them without words. They truly communed together.

    America has truly lost a grand artist today.

  47. I was about 18 when I purchased a slim volume of Wyeth drawings, and pored over it like the Holy Grail. I grew up in a small town in Oregon, and Wyeth’s paintings of rural landscapes and country life struck deeply familiar and resonant chords with me. He became my role model and distant, unknowing mentor.

    At age 22, fresh off my first (and only) year as a high school art teacher, I was entertaining the idea of trying to be a full-time artist. Determined to go see Andrew Wyeth and ask his advice, I flew from Oregon to Wilmington Delaware, rented a car, drove to the little burg of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania where the artist lived, and called him from a phone booth. An hour later I sat, trembling and nearly speechless, six feet from my idol. The poor man had to do almost all the talking, trying to draw me out of what must have looked like a semi-catatonic state.

    Wyeth was kind and encouraging, but also occasionally stern. He studied a watercolor portrait of my wife I had brought along. “If you don’t know how to draw an ear, learn it…you’ve got eyes…use them!” he exclaimed, leaning toward me and stomping his foot for emphasis.

    Over the years my idol worship mellowed and tempered. There was quite a long period of time where I was highly critical of Wyeth’s work–the student rejecting the master, I guess. I’ve come out the other side with a more balanced and realistic view, I believe.

    What I know for sure is that Andrew Wyeth played an instrumental role in my becoming an artist. I could never thank him enough.

    Heartfelt condolences to all the Wyeth family, friends and admirers.

  48. Andrew Wyeth first became my hero in the mid-sixties when as an art student at the University of Georgia, I was surrounded by abstract-expressionists’ dogma. Wyeth plowed right through that attitude, keeping true to is inner voice and that’s what made him special to me. He has remained my perpetual example of greatness. I’m sad he has left us.

  49. Andrew Wyeth has been one of my greatest inspirations as an artist. His works haunt me and I look at them almost everyday. I am deeply saddened by his death. I never met him. I wanted so badly to write him a letter, to meet him, speak with him. I wanted Andrew to know how important his art was and will always be to me. My thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife Betsy. I am sorry for your loss. And to his sons and family. My deepest sympathies.

  50. Neil Carroll Says:

    Andy’s back with N.C now.

  51. 
    Celebrating The Art Of Andrew Wyeth

    In a time of conflict ~ trouble everywhere,
    there is still serenity and refuge from despair,
    within your art ~ a world apart ~ from the work some hail
    as important ~ still, you reign, and your art
    prevails

    as the kind that feeds the mind, fills imaginations
    with delight and invites many imitations.
    Still, no one has, truly, shown ~ that talent
    you’ve, long, shared
    with the world, of images ~ painted, for you
    cared

    about the subjects in your work ~ friends
    and family, there,
    their dwellings, so familiar ~ now part of us,
    somehow.
    The earth has been your resource ~ the sky, your canvas, where,
    creatures, winged and gliding ~ in the winter air,

    and your beloved dogs, a deer, recorded by the hand
    of a gifted and compassionate,, extraordinary man,
    with insight into those he chose ~ to make
    immortal in
    his windows into private worlds.
    through the artist’s lens.

    Your nudes should be a lesson ~ to those, now, unaware
    that less is more and passion’s door leads not to vulgar fare,
    rather to a rendering ~ of a body, fine,
    one with soul and spirit, one with heart and mind.

    Some self-appointed critics ~ have, from time to time,
    suggested we pour praise on squares or
    circles, black and lime,
    or grey and pink ~ by some who think ~
    they are artists, too.
    Those critics in their ignorance ~ unaware that you
    .
    are able to uplift us, to gentle our minds,
    with water-colored memories and tempera
    designs,
    dry brush techniques, so unique ~ bringing to our eyes.
    the magic of your talent ~ your brilliance,
    undisguised.

    And so, I write to thank you ~ in my poetic way
    for this rare gift you share with us ~ in paintings, great, that stay
    In our minds, our memories ~ images that are,
    in this nation’s fabric ~ works of art, by far,

    dearer to America ~ for you have captured, well,
    with your pallet, brushes ~ scenes that, long, will dwell
    in this Nation’s consciousness ~ in this Nation’s heart.
    Andrew Wyeth, Philosopher ~ Painter,
    set apart!

    Sally Edwards Prescott

    Spring 2006

  52. Jenni Thynne Says:

    His work was on my wall as student in 70s New Zealand; and we’ll never forget the 3 Generations of Wyeth exhibition in Cambridge here in the UK; a fantastic picture maker who said so much with such a spare palette. Rest in peace Andy and thanks for the legacy you’ve left behind to inspire us and our children.

  53. Saddened, missing, gone, saddened. Spring Thaw, Godspeed.

  54. not a comment to be put on this site.
    rather a question? How can I go back and click on the symbol that will notify me of comments, if any, via email, to my tribute already on your site? I overlooked the box when I submitted my poem. Can you change it and add the email notifications?
    thanks.
    Sally

  55. Andrew Wyeth was my art hero all of my working life having seen Christina’s World in an art book when I was very young. I never met him but I drew comfort from knowing he was there. A very sad day.

    Sidney Chambers – Artist – England

  56. A Wyeth was a genius whose light will last forever.
    His art is one mans imagination worshiping the alone
    and the natural world and the timelessness of it all .
    And now left behind, for that world and forever,
    is the body.

    Remember that…

    Geniuses transcend delimits all !!!!

    Thank you forever A Wyeth
    Amen.

  57. Kevin P. Lewellen Says:

    Rest in peace, Andrew Wyeth. We salute you for a life well lived and a body of artworks that will live on forever!

    We send our heartfelt condolences to the Wyeth family.

    –The Lewellens

  58. Betsy,Jamie,Nicolas, I share in your loss, and a little bit of me, for as I had placed your loved one into my heart over forty years ago, is now gone> I grieve with you. But, what this most precious gift of a person and the art he created will continue to sustain so many as time continues. My art could not have been what it is today had he not been as an unknown mentor by his work directing me, forcing me to reach, to grasp, to seek the passion the piece requires. I am with you in prayer, and though we may never meet, I offer that from my heart.
    shaloam

  59. I became a fan of Andrew Wyeth several years ago and have had the opportunity to visit the Brandywine Museum and also to be a “Mainer” and have acces to the Farnsworth and the Olsen house whenever I feel the urge. One of my favorite memories is of Victoria giving tours…what a hot ticket she is!! It made her grandfather’s paintings all the more special as she added her own personal touch to the Wyeth story. I will always be a Wyeth fan and he will be sadly missed.

  60. Carol Endler Oakes Says:

    The paintings amazing metaphors; the stories behind the paintings…….there are not words to convey the emotions I felt……..

  61. Keith C. Johns Says:

    Living just a short distance from Chadds Ford, in Media, PA, I have visited the Brandywine River Museum many times to study the works of, and be inspired by the Master Artist, Andrew Wyeth. How wonderful that this museum will continue to preserve and present this great Artist’s work for all to enjoy in the future.

    Andrew Wyeth’s Art has touched my emotions with feelings I could have never known save for his skillful work. He has invited me into his world through his images. He has taken us all on a glorious ride through his life, riding on his back, looking through his eyes, feeling his feelings. And what a ride!

    I have always had a dream that I would perhaps be privileged to meet and tell Mr. Wyeth how much his Art has meant to me–what an inspiration it has been and how it had inspired me to become an Artist myself. Through the decades I had gradually come to realize that it would probably never happen, because AW was a very private man who valued his privacy and ability to work unfettered by strangers usurping his precious time. And what I had to say was not something he hadn’t already heard a million times. And now this sad news that he was gone, his brilliant light removed from this tough world and gone to share with all his own lost friends at last. And so I will never get to tell him my little message, alas. But I take solace that I am not alone, and that the countless others who did get this privilege during Andrew’s lifetime spoke for me, too. And perhaps Mr. Wyeth will read these very comments from his Astral computer terminal somewhere.

    I am confident that Andrew Wyeth has joined his family, his brother and sisters, and mother and especially his father, N. C. Wyeth for the biggest reunion any of them could have ever imagined! And the countless friends and models who have predeceased him as well, all waiting to see him again and tell him how much it meant to them to have been a part of this great man’s life, and how honored to have been chosen as models to be immortalized by this true Master Artist’s loving and skilled hands.

    And yes, Mr. Wyeth, although I never met you in person, I too can still learn from you as I have most of my life, by studying your inspired works of Art. As millions of others have done and will do in the future.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, for a life so well lived, and in service of a calling so generous as your great gift that we can all benefit from them and their inspiration as long as there are people on this planet to preserve them.

    Maybe I’ll get a chance to meet you in the next world some day (if I can do that without keeping you from your wonderful Artwork).

    And I have continued to develop my own Artistic expressions, thanks to your inspiration. My work looks nothing like yours, I am sure you would appreciate that too, since your style was your own voice, not mine. Each Artist must find his own song to sing. Nevertheless, I still love to hear your unique song, and will continue to come to museums to discover new truths hidden among your gems.

    Keep painting, Mr. Wyeth! And your previous paintings will certainly keep inspiring us.

    Sincerely,

    Keith C. Johns

  62. jill glassman-gordon Says:

    A true master of seeing.
    Mr. Wyeth painted the human spirit and was an inspiration to all.

    I can recall visiting his works on display in the barn in the mid 60’s as
    a child… His paintings , the Indian artifacts, the essence of life and being at the Brandywine- past, present and future.

    He was an inspiration to me.
    Thank you for sharing your vision.

    My Deepest Sympathies to his family.
    May you find comfort in your fond memories.

  63. Twinkly eyes and a half smile,
    a peacoat wearing its sea captain.
    You loved the yorkshire pudding.

    Do you know I have slept for twenty years
    beneath your Day Dream?

    The Wolf Moon has passed.
    Ask me again what my birthday wish will be.

    Just one nap,
    with you
    before you go.

  64. AS A LONGTIME VISITOR AT BRANDYWINE MUSEUM, AND GREAT ADMIRER OF ALL OF THE WYETHS AND THEIR WORK, I AM SADDENED BY THE PASSING OF ANDREW WYETH. ANDREW WAS ONE OF AMERICAS GREATEST ARTISTS AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE.

    HIS RENDERING OF RURAL PIEDMONT PENNSYLVANIA, MY HOME, HAS ALWAYS MADE ME GREATLY AWARE OF MY SURROUNDINGS AND THEIR HIDDEN BEAUTY(S). HIS UNDERSTATED THEMES. TECHNIQUE AND SUBDUED USE OF COLOR AND TONE, LEFT MUCH TO MY IMAGINATION (IM SURE PART OF HIS PURPOSE).

    MAY HIS BODY OF WORK ALWAYS PROVOKE BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPLATIONS, FEELINGS AND THOUGHTS… AND INSPIRATION TO OTHERS.

    RANDY Z LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

  65. PAM MORRISON Says:

    TODAY I TOOK A WALK IN THE HILLS AND WOODS AROUND MY HOME. I FELT HIM WITH ME TRAPING THROUGH THE STREAM ,ADMIRING THE BARK ON THE BUTTONWOOD TREE. SNOW WAS FALLING SOFTLY ON MY FACE A COMPANION TO MY TEARS . HIS WORK HAS INSPIRED ME ,KEPT ME COMPANY ON LONLEY NIGHTS AND FILLED ME WITH JOY .. GOODBYE OLD FRIEND ..

  66. the master has left the dog sleeping on his bed in the master bedroom. Favourite image along with Christina picking blue berries bring back strong memories of our 1999 visit to the Olsen house on the hill. we’ll miss his insight into reality.

  67. Many heartfelt wishes and prayers go out to the friends and family of Mr. Andrew Wyeth. With the passing of Mr. Wyeth, one cannot help but think of his career-encompassing work, “Snow Hill,” in which the various models he has studied over the years are dancing around the Maypole atop of Kuerner Hill when they receive the news of his passing. My assumption is that they, too, would be deeply saddened by the loss of this American Icon and local friend, despite Andy’s belief that they would celebrate. God Bless!

  68. Nicholas G Morris Says:

    Generations to come will know his works, and will be moved by his art. Some will have insight to the man. But none will miss him like his family and friends. To them I offer my heart felt condolences. My world has been a better place because of him and his family.

  69. What a loss we share in Mr. Wyeth’s passing. A native of Wilmington, DE I grew up knowing and loving the works of this wonderful artist! Then, I was fortunate to live in Chadds Ford for a number of years before the duPont Company transferred us. Had we stayed in the Brandywine Valley area, I believe Mr. Wyeth was teaching art to the elementary children and my sons would have greatly benefited from his talents. The Brandywine River Museum site was our ‘lumber company’ in the 60’s and what a marvelous building emerged to display all of Wyeth’s works, and others! My heartfelt feelings go out to his family.

  70. I was looking at the NY Times retrospective slideshow of his work when my granddaughter looked over my shoulder and saw “Christina’s World.” She was captivated by the image and wanted to know about the girl. I’m grateful for the opportunity to log on to this site and gaze at (and gain inspiration from) some of his works.

  71. Andrew Wyeth will be missed, not only in the Chadds Ford area and Maine, but throughout the art world!

  72. his work speaks to a place in my soul. i have loved his paintings since i first saw them. he will be missed.

  73. David Lyons Says:

    For Andrew Wyeth

    Andy’s light

    Andy knew the place

    he’d been there many times before

    walked along its wood strewn banks

    contemplated its shifting shoals

    where the forest approached the river was his home

    and the light was Andy’s door

    it played among the granite blues

    danced ‘cross tree tops and fields forlorn

    daring all who passed : let’s play

    for tomorrow i’ll have changed

    and you be lost in chores

    armed with only pen and ink

    to capture time and space

    he chased the light as it swept away

    those boundaries man creates

    and infinity abhors

    but somewhere deep inside Andy knew

    the light’s return was guaranteed

    and other days would offer chances

    to chip away its mysteries

    David J. Lyons

  74. I was saddened to hear of Andrew Wyeth’s passing. Mr. Wyeth was such a wonderful artist and was a great inspiration to me and certainly a host of other artists. His work influenced so many representational artists, however, as I understand it, he wasn’t not too flattered about this. I have read his words of irritation caused by the many who “borrowed” from him and I can understand his feelings. It is one thing to be inspired and another to “lift” from another artist. That said, his work gave permission to many artists to disregard what contemporary art critics think and say, and paint from one’s own experiences, feelings and conviction.

    It gives me great satisfaction, that after The Smithsonian Magazine highlighted the work of Andrew Wyeth last year and it addressed his critics in the article, I wrote a letter to the Editor that was printed that basically said that Mr. Wyeth’s work will still be speaking to people long after the critics are gone and forgotten. I am glad that I took the time to write the letter and I hope Mr. Wyeth saw it. His legacy is intact and will stay strong. He will be greatly missed by so many and my sympathies are extended to his esteem family.

    Robert Reynolds
    San Luis Obispo, CA

  75. Such shadows
    On your cloud-socked coast
    Bells ring from towers
    Muffled ‘neath the monotony of waves

    Same shadows
    Trickling of sunlight
    On a railroad track
    Where your memory disappears
    Forever lost amidst that days of heaven sunset
    With your sienna covered hills
    Shivering in a wind so distinct
    You see its knife hands
    Cutting paths to imaginary homes
    That will never be
    Agreeing it’s so perfect
    Surrounded by nothing out here

    Balled up what’s said and done
    This and that
    Understand how it is you made yourself
    We see ghosts in fall
    God in summer’s gold
    and always Death in winter

    Asleep to dream
    Alone again

    Written by Kyle Dickinson
    View the portrait of Andrew that accompanies this poem here:
    http://kentstjohn.com/unlimitedfreedom/?p=623

  76. Jill Gochanour Says:

    Andrew Wyeth remains with all of us who love his art.
    I send my heartfelt sympathy to Betsy, James, Nicholas and families.

    May the United States and the world all get to know, each of us, the intimate emotions evoked by looking at every one of the paintings of Andrew Wyeth.

    The two that remain imprinted in my mind are “Spring” and “Southern Comfort.” The reasons are personal as is the emotional reason that Andrew Wyeth painted each one of his magnificent works of art.

  77. Few artist’s today remain dedicated to their vision, their way of seeing life, their personal pursuit of truth, their dedication to one’s personal world, as Wyeth was dedicated, like a great saint or mystic, to what he believed in and lived for. The greatest aspect of his work isn’t so much what he painted or how he painted it but that his work visually testifies to and exemplifies his commitment and dedication to seeking the truth, the sacredness of life. A thousand years from now, people all over the world will read about Wyeth, his art, his uniqueness and originality in being able to create the art he’s given us, in spite of a restless world swirling around him, addicted to and distracted by technology, speed, trend, and the new.

  78. Just the other day, a fellow co-worker reminded me that we are to die someday and that is why he thinks about it frequently. I am very sad that it is to day for me. (to think of death)

    My earliest memories include the experience of viisting the Baldwin’s Bookbarn and spotting a book or print by Mr. Wyeth.

    But, I will hold the Pirates image in my mind everyday, I favor that memory much more than death in general.

    with sadness,

    David

  79. Sally Cucciniello Says:

    I always wanted to write a letter to Andrew Wyeth but I could never get the right words down on paper. I am going to try again now.

    Dear Mr. Wyeth:

    I have always felt that I was your biggest fan. Being raised in the Unionville- Chadds Ford area, I was of course familiar with you and your family through your paintings which I always loved. I have visited the Brandywine River Museum many times. I moved to Florida with my husband about 30 years ago, but I always come home once a year to visit my Dad. Every year we would go to the museum to see your paintings. I have 5 framed prints of your paintings and 3 of your Dad’s. They remind me of home. I always hoped that I might run into you at Hank’s Place, or at the museum, or just around town so I could tell you how much I enjoy your work. But that never happened, but that’s ok. I am telling you now. God Bless and thanks again for your wonderful works of art.

    Your biggest fan,
    Sally Cucciniello

    My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Wyeth, Nicholas, Jamie, Victoria and the whole family.

  80. Katherine King Says:

    So many years ago my mother brought me a book from the Wyeth
    Museum in Maine. It was then that I fell in love with him and his work.
    His work has always surrounded us in our home…..though nary an
    original could be had, the next favorite print would be purchased,
    framed and hung……and appreciated as though he had painted it
    for me or as though he knew I knew that place or person too.

    Having visited the Brandywine for the Helga exhibit I asked if I could
    send a note and let him know how I did so love his work…..I never
    wrote that note. Now I do it for those he loved in hopes that they
    may know even a very common woman enjoys his wonderful work
    that surrounds her.

  81. Tom Gibson Says:

    Over the years I have bought all the Wyeth books I could lay my hands on. Andrew Wyeth’s legacy will live on in our house. Sincere sympathy to Mrs Wyeth and family.

  82. When I was a young boy my father took me to the MFA Boston for the Andrew Wyeth Exhibition. It changed my life forever. I have never fogotten looking up at all of those paintings. 40 years later I am still in the art business. Never underestimate the value of bringing a child to a museum.

  83. Tracy Deal Says:

    I was so saddened by the news of Andrew Wyeth’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wyeth family. I live in the West Chester area and have visited the Brandywine / Chadds Ford area many times over the past several years. On one particular trip, in March about 3-4 years ago, I stopped in an Antique mall along Rte 1 that had a collection of Andrew Wyeth (and other family) prints for sale. Some of which were signed by Andrew. I fell in love with ‘Master Bedroom’ and bought a framed print that was signed. Subsequently, I also saw a relatively unknown print titled ‘The Sweep’ that Andrew painted in 1967, the year I was born. Since these purchases were a birthday present to myself, I added signed print of ‘The Sweep’ to my collection… I love and will always love and cherish these works of Andrew in my home.

    When I heard the news of Andrew’s passing, I was standing in my master bedroom (with the TV on), where I have the print “Master Bedroom” hanging above my bed… Tears came to my eyes, hearing this news, and I could not stop looking at the print abocve my bed…thinking that Andrew was now akin to his sleeping, peaceful dog (Rattler) curled up on his comfortbale bed…

    Rest in peace, Andrew. You will be missed!

  84. Kathi Trepper Says:

    The first place I drove to after getting my driver’s license (1960’s) was to Andy Wyeth’s home. He wasn’t there but whoever answered the door let me peek in. What a thrill for a 16 year old who worshipped him – as I have ever since. Looking at Andy’s work has always brought my spirit home from wherever in the country I have lived since that day I knocked on his door in Chadd’s Ford.
    May your work be always in the bosom of American culture.

  85. Barb Hall Says:

    It was an honor to be a very junior curatorial staffer at the Terra Museum of American Art when the “Three Generations ofd Wyeths” exhibition came to Chicago. I had argued for Wyeth’s greatness during art school in the late 1970s when students and teachers thought his art was sentimental and washed up.

    Years later I lived in the Chadds Ford area and enjoyed seeing the Brandywine River Museum develop. Opening the Wyeth homestead and N.C.’s studio and Kuerner’s farmhouse to visitors flushed out the entire Wyeth experience. I urge all readers to make a visit there someday.

    I was deeply sad to learn of the master’s death–and through such an unnatural medium–the Internet. Mr. Wyeth’s greatest strength was his understanding of Nature: how man/woman is always a part of it, in body and spirit. Bless you, dear artist, for the emotions you brought to millions through your talented hands and fabulous soul. History will place you as the most important American artist of the 20th century.

  86. Sorry for my english.
    I’m a heartbroken, thanks to Wyeth the greatest classic painter in a dark age.

  87. Cheryl S. Morgan Says:

    My condolences to the family. To live a long life is an honor, but to live a long productive life is to live forever. Mr. Wyeth will be remembered by countless art lovers, but he will remain in the hearts of those whom he loved.

  88. Lillian Taliercio Says:

    Andrew Wyeth was a very fine and wonderful person who shared his talent, skills, kindness, thoughtfulness and his world with so, so many. We will always have a void in our lives now that Andrew has passed away. We will miss him forever.

    Andrew must now know a peace and comfort that is beyond our greatest expectations. May that thought stay with Andrew’s family and friends and give them peace and comfort.

    Lillian Taliercio

  89. The big Wyeth show in Chicago in the 60s electrified and convinced me as a teenager to devote my life to painting. Wyeth casts the longest shadow in the history of 20th c. American painting. Period. Such a high pitch of skill, daring composition, and acute feeling permeates all his work. We all kknow that. His weakest work is still better than the best of most of us. I would like to think that he knew before his passing that America was finally embracing the talent of a new generation of committed and skilled realists. I’m confident he inspired that generation by his example.

  90. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family for such a loss. Andrew, Jamie and N.C.’s work have inspired me for twenty years or more. 15 years ago, I travelled from my home in Ontario to the Brandywine Museum to see some of the works in person. It is a day that I will never forget as long as I live. I can still smell it…the land, the people, the emotion of the work. Andrew’s books sit in my studio, the most thumbed-through, read and loved legacy. I am thankful and grateful that this work will serve as an inspiration for my lifetime. – Janice, Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

  91. Mary McKeon Says:

    We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, but spiritual beings on a human journey. During the remembrance day, my son and I watched a group of Canadian geese paddling upstream in the Brandywine, turning around in front of the restaurant windows, and paddling back downstream. I like to think that was Andrew Wyeth’s touch, just completing the scene, like an artist would. His spirit lives on.

  92. He will be missed…by me. I saw the things he saw, I loved the style he was, he truely inspired my drawings. Thank you Andrew, rest in peace, what will you see there.

  93. Mr. Wyeth taught me to just paint what I know. He showed me that I could maintain the realism I was looking for with watercolors. He was my number one inspiration starting my art career. Thank you, Andrew. You will be missed by so many.
    Jack Coneby

  94. David & Sheree Says:

    O …the great sadness that grips us all
    To learn of Andrews’ passing
    His art hangs timeless upon our walls
    his vision everlasting.

    The comfort we craved is evident
    in his hues of white and brown
    And his themes allowed us to reminisce
    of a time that was safe and sound

  95. David & Sheree Says:

    Rest in peace….old soul.

  96. I had the distinct pleasure after being discharged from the military and having been influenced by Andrew Wyeth to visit the Brandywine River Museum in its very early days.

    I have been influenced by the Wyeth family paintings for many years, and had the pleasure of returning to the museum a few months ago. I spent hours there and wish I could have spent days. I also had the opportunity to see the Andrew Wyeth exhibit here in Atlanta when it arrived.

    I have no idea why the critics were harsh on Mr. Wyeth. Maybe it is because he was so popular with the masses and the art snobs couldn’t keep him exclusively to the upper tier of society. Or maybe it was just that he was excellent at what he did and didn’t depend on their opinions to succeed.

    I never met Mr. Wyeth in person, but it was always one of my lifes ambitions. I am not a person to impose myself without being invited out of respect for a persons privacy, but sometimes I wish I would have had the initiative to at least try.

    Thank you to the Wyeth family for giving me such inspiration over the years, and for you allowing us to enjoy your work. It is like Christmas for the eyes. And thank you so much for the Brandywine River Museum.

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