Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World. 1948

Andrew Wyeth

Christina's World

1948

Medium
Tempera on panel
Dimensions
32 1/4 x 47 3/4" (81.9 x 121.3 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
16.1949
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, with 7 other works online.
Andrew Wyeth has 1 work online.
There are 2,309 paintings online.

The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist's neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, "was limited physically but by no means spiritually." Wyeth further explained, "The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless." He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery.

Gallery label from 2007

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