“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.” – Andrew Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth, Winter Fields, 1942. Tempera on canvas, 17 1/4 × 41 in. (43.8 × 104.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benno C. Schmidt in memory of Mr. Josiah Marvel, first owner of this picture 77.91© Andrew Wyeth
Snowy Landscapes by Andrew WyethWinter can be beautiful if you know how to imagine what waits beneath the landscape. Andrew Wyeth certainly knew how to appreciate winter. Some of his winter landscapes can be seen here.
The Granary, 1961. Watercolor.
The Dam, 1960. Watercolor.
Untitled (Army Surplus Study), 1966. Watercolor.
Tenant Farmer, 1961. Tempura.
First Snow (Groundhog Day Study), 1959. Drybrush.
Ice Pool, 1969. Watercolor.
Andrew Wyeth is an American Contemporary Realist Painter, born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 1917. He was the second and best known of four generations of Wyeth artists. Andrew Wyeth was taught by his father, artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth is father of Jamie Wyeth, third generation contemporary realist painter. He liked to paint the landscape in winter and early spring when colors are subtle and trees are bare. The colors suit his tempera palette, low-key and subdued.
One major influence, discussed at length by Wyeth himself was King Vidor's The Big Parade. He claims to have seen the film which depicted family dynamics similar to his own, "a hundred-and-eighty-times" and believes it had the greatest influence on his work. The film's director Vidor later made a documentary, Metaphor where he and Wyeth discuss the influence of the film on his paintings, including Winter 1946, Snow Flurries, Portrait of Ralph Kline and Afternoon Flight of a Boy up a Tree.
Wyeth did in the winter, January 16, 2009.
Smithsonian article, Wyeth's World
Click the image below to access the catalog record for the Big Parade.
Read more about Andrew Wyeth at the official site and at the Farnsworth Art Museum.