Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

ENCORE!

Haute Couture: the hand-stitched clothing made in Paris that sells for the price of small yachts

Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Kerry holds all-night talks with Afghan presidential rivals

    Read more

  • Netanyahu resists international pressure to stop air strikes on Gaza

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

  • Kurdish forces take over two oilfields in northern Iraq

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

  • Italy’s Trentin wins seventh stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Disgraced Suarez leaves Liverpool for Barcelona

    Read more

  • In pictures: Chanel, Dior and so much more at the Paris couture shows

    Read more

  • French ‘Civic Service’ eyes massive expansion amid huge demand

    Read more

Culture

US realist painter Andrew Wyeth has died

©

Latest update : 2009-01-16

US painter Andrew Wyeth, aged 91, has died in his home in Philadelphia. He was famous for landscapes of his native Pennsylvania and Maine and his sometimes-melancholy style. He was one of the first artists to exhibit in the White House.

AFP - US realist painter Andrew Wyeth, whose paintings depict rural life in America, has died at his home in Pennsylvania at the age of 91, a spokeswoman at the Brandywine River Museum, which has an extensive collection of his work, said Friday.

Wyeth had been suffering from a "slight illness" and died in his sleep in the early hours of Friday at his home in Chadd's Ford near Philadelphia, Lora Englehart, the museum's public relations coordinator, told AFP.

Born on July 12, 1917 in Chadd's Ford, the youngest of five children of muralist and children's book illustrator Newell Convers Wyeth, Wyeth was home-schooled by his parents -- including in art.

He held his first one-man show of watercolors, one of his favorite media, at a gallery in New York when he was 20. The show was a sell-out.

His best-known paintings include "Christina's World," which depicts a neighbor of the Wyeth family at their summer residence in Maine, and the Helga pictures, a compilation of tempera and dry brush paintings, watercolors and pencil studies of a Chadd's Ford neighbor, German-born Helga Testorf.

From 1971 to 1985, Wyeth created more than 240 works featuring Testorf without telling anyone, including his wife.

Wyeth's prints are said to have been popular with world leaders including former Soviet leader Nikolai Krushchev and US president Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The popular artist received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian award, from president John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 1970 became the first living artist to exhibit in the White House.

Seven years later, he became the first American artist since John Singer Sargent to be elected to the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.

He was also an honorary member of the Soviet Academy of the Arts and the first living American artist to be elected to Britain's Royal Academy.

Wyeth is survived by his wife Betsey, whom he met one summer in Maine when he was in his twenties, and two sons -- Nicholas, an art dealer, and James, a painter.

The Brandywine River Museum plans to hold "a celebration of his life and art," but no date has been set.

Date created : 2009-01-16

Comments

COMMENT(S)