Monday, May 9, 2022

Taking the Right Advice

Early in his career, Andrew Wyeth did this painting of his neighbor Walt Anderson walking through a field. 

Andrew "showed the painting to his father, N.C. Wyeth, who told his son to put a gun in the subject’s arm and a couple of hunting dogs in the scene.

"'When he left, [Andrew's wife] Betsy told him, ‘Don’t listen to him, he’s wrong,’ ” Jamie Wyeth said. “The father, N.C., was worried that his son wouldn’t be able to sell a painting like that, but he completely missed what his son was doing, and Betsy, at that young age, realized what he was doing – a lone figure walking away from you.'"

"That painting became 'Turkey Pond,' a 1944 egg tempera that served as precedent for 'Christina’s World' four years later."
--Quotes from Jamie Wyeth

1 comment:

Susan Krzywicki said...

When I saw the title of this post, I was thinking, yes, but how does one know....? And here you explained it all without even explaining it. Thank you.