Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Andrew Wyeth - IN THE ORCHARD (HELGA IN ORCHARD)

Andrew Wyeth
1917-2009

signed Andrew Wyeth (lower right)
watercolor and pencil on paper
27 3/4 by 22 inches
(70.5 by 55.9 cm)
Executed in 1972.

Beginning in 1971, Andrew Wyeth produced over 240 images in tempera, drybrush, watercolor and pencil depicting a single woman – Helga Testorf. This collection of works, known as “The Helga Pictures,” remained hidden from the world, and even Wyeth’s wife Betsy, until it was purchased in almost its entirety by Philadelphia publisher Leonard E.B. Andrews in 1986. Andrews’ intention was to preserve the collection for the public’s enjoyment, and shortly after his purchase, the works embarked on a two year traveling exhibition curated by John Wilmerding of the National Gallery of Art. More

Andrew Newell Wyeth was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.

In his art, Wyeth's favorite subjects were the land and people around him. Wyeth often noted: "I paint my life." More