1917 – 2009
Andrew Wyeth is one of America’s most well-known and beloved painters, arguably the most important realist of the 20th century, paintings scenes of stark realism with strong emotional impact using his rural surroundings in Pennsylvania and Maine as inspiration. His masterpiece Christina’s World remains one of the most famous paintings in the world. In 1949, Winston Churchill asked for Wyeth watercolors to decorate his room at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. Harvard gave Wyeth an honorary degree in 1955 and he was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1963. His shows in the late 60’s attracted huge crowds at the Whitney Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1976, Wyeth was given a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum. Prices for his paintings escalated to $100,000 in 1962, and tripled by 1980. During the 80’s, collectors were paying more than $1 million for a Wyeth. Following his passing in 2009, prices have escalated dramatically and are continuing to do so.
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