Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009)
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Andrew Wyeth, a realist painter, was born and raised in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Due to his frail health, Wyeth was home-tutored and received art lessons from his father, artist N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth. In his teens, Wyeth produced illustrations under his father's name. Under his father's teachings, Wyeth mastered water color and figure study. In 1937, Wyeth had his first one-man exhibition at the MacBeth Gallery in New York City. While Wyeth is described as a realist painter, Wyeth thought of himself as an abstractionist, claiming that his objects "breathe in a different way." He worked primarily in the regionalist style and his subjects were land and the people around him. Wyeth worked either in watercolor, drybrush, or egg tempera. Christina's World (1948), a painting of Wyeth's crippled neighbor, is his most famous image. Wyeth's work can be seen at most major American museums, like the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, amongst many others.