American Legend Andrew Wyeth (July 12, 1917-January 16, 2009)

PHILADELPHIA — Artist Andrew Wyeth, who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World," died early Friday. He was 91...

...Much of Wyeth's work had a melancholy feel-aging people and brown, dead plants, but he chose to describe his work as "thoughtful."

"I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future _ the timelessness of the rocks and the hills _ all the people who have existed there," he once said. "I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape...the loneliness of it...the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.

"I think anything like that ...which is contemplative, silent, shows a person alone... people always feel is sad. Is it because we've lost the art of being alone?"

(via HuffingtonPost)

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