Andrew Wyeth passed on today. One of my favorite painters; I loved his mature and enduring style, his subdued color palette, realistic renderings, and the depiction of emotionally charged symbolic objects. His works were poetry on canvas — simple, yet they struck me through the heart.
He was often mentioned in the comic strip, Peanuts, and one of his works was hung prominently on the set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Although there are other, perhaps more recognizable Wyeth paintings, this one is my favorite. It’s called The Carry and today I picture Mr. Wyeth gently carried along this beautiful stream that first lived in his imagination before spilling onto his hands as he painted.
I also love his work, I know his family–they live very near here–it looks just like the picture.