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Painter Andrew Wyeth dies
By Patrick Walters  |  January 16, buy styplon cod 2009
PHILADELPHIA --Artist Andrew Wyeth, buy styplon cod who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World, buy styplon cod" died early Friday.
He was 91.
Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, buy styplon cod according to Jim Duff, buy styplon cod director of the Brandywine River Museum.
The son of famed painter and book illustrator N.C. Buy styplon cod Wyeth, buy styplon cod Andrew Wyeth gained wealth, buy styplon cod acclaim and tremendous popularity on his own. Buy styplon cod But he chafed under criticism from some experts who regarded him as a facile realist, buy styplon cod not an artist but merely an illustrator.
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Duff said Friday in an interview. Buy styplon cod "He highly valued the natural world, buy styplon cod the historical objects of this world as they exist in the present and strong-willed people."
A Wyeth retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 drew more than 175, buy styplon cod000 visitors in 15 1/2 weeks, buy styplon cod the highest-ever attendance at the museum for a living artist.
The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, buy styplon cod a converted 19th-century grist mill, buy styplon cod includes hundreds of works by three generations of Wyeths.
Wyeth even made "Peanuts, buy styplon cod" in a November 1966 comic strip:
After a fire in his dog house destroys his van Gogh, buy styplon cod Snoopy replaces it with an Andrew Wyeth.
It was in Maine that Wyeth found the subject for "Christina's World, buy styplon cod" his best-known painting. Buy styplon cod And it was in Pennsylvania that he met Helga Testorf, buy styplon cod a neighbor in his native Chadds Ford who became the subject of the intimate portraits that brought him millions of dollars and a wave of public attention in 1986.
The "Helga" paintings, buy styplon cod many of them full-figure nudes, buy styplon cod came with a whiff of scandal: Wyeth said he had not even told his wife, buy styplon cod Betsy, buy styplon cod about the more than 200 paintings and sketches until he had completed them in 1985.
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"Really, buy styplon cod I think one's art goes only as far and as deep as your love goes, buy styplon cod" Wyeth said in a Life magazine interview in 1965.
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