In my second post about the American artist dynasty of the Wyeth family I am featuring the best known, Andrew Wyeth. In my last post I looked at the illustration work of his father, N. C. Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009) is best known for his detailed tempera paintings of people in the north-eastern landscape around his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine. I actually prefer the freshness and immediacy of his watercolours. These are big, bold watercolours done as ever in a muted palette. I first came across them at the Lefevre Gallery in London in the 1970's.
Andrew Wyeth was primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known American artists of the middle 20th century, and was sometimes referred to as the "Painter of the People," due to his work's popularity with the American public.