RIP Andrew Wyeth

dan's picture

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE50F47320090116

The man was not only a great artist, but a fixture in Chadds Ford.

I used to live nearby and it was always cool to be able to have "The Greatest American Artist" (sure, lots of room for debate there - but there's no denying he was a 'biggie') sitting in the diner with you.

lauraska's picture

Wow...my grandparents were

Wow...my grandparents were huge fans of his. My grandfather left me all of his art history books (I was an American Studies major in college with a focus in art history) and alot of them were Wyeth books.

stilljes's picture

That's sad. My mother grew

That's sad. My mother grew up in Aroostook County, Maine, and his paintings of the landscapes in ME have given me a picture of what her childhood was like. They're like family history books to me.

dan's picture

Here's another

Here's another article:
http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20090116_Famed_artist_Andrew_Wyeth_dies.html

Great photo of Andrew & Helga at Hank's Place (the diner I mentioned).

codergrrl's picture

I feel as if this is such a

I feel as if this is such a loss, but he was so prolific, and lived to such an age, I guess it would just be me being selfish.

I loved his art, his pictures could make me cry, even though there was nothing sad about them. My favorites being "Trodden Weed" and "Wind from the Sea".

I highly recommend visiting the Brandywine River Museum.

(His dad's illustrations of Treasure Island is also wonderful, if you ever have a chance to purchase the book.)

Lisa33's picture

It's wonderful that he was

It's wonderful that he was able to live to experience his retrospective at the Philadelphia Art Museum last year. rip.

dan's picture

I'll add to the

I'll add to the recommendation of visiting the Brandywine River Museum.
Definitely worth a day trip.

george's picture

dan wrote:I'll add to the

dan wrote:

I'll add to the recommendation of visiting the Brandywine River Museum.
Definitely worth a day trip.

The battlefield area is a great, scenic day trip as well and the tour of the nearby Chadds Ford Winery is fun even if their wine is kinda 'blah.'

codergrrl's picture

I remember quite a few years

I remember quite a few years ago, going to the Chadd Ford Winery, and getting the tour, etc.
When we went into the tasting room, as we were sampling the wines and we came across one, (which I have no idea what kind it was, I know nothing about wine) which tasted just like Welch's white grape juice, I coulda sucked down a quart of that no problem! What really made me laugh, however, was as the guy was explaining it to us, he told us that it was the "perfect summer wine, for apres tennis, or lounging next to the pool".
I laughed and laughed. If only we could bring wine to the swimmo.
The also make a spiced apple autumn wine which is kinda different and tasty.