How Andrew Wyeth Made A Painting

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Randall C. Griffin, "Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World: Normalizing the Abnormal Body"
American Art , Vol. 24, No. 2 (Summer 2010), pp. 30-49

Raymond H. Geselbracht, "The Ghosts of Andrew Wyeth: The Meaning of Death in the Transcendental Myth of
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Essay"

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of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and Olsons (Autumn, 1976), pp. 1-192

Fred E. H. Schroeder, "Andrew Wyeth and the Transcendental Tradition"
American Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Autumn, 1965), pp. 559-567

Andrew Menard, "Nationalism and the Nature of
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Isaiah Sonneland

As a kid, my grandparents had this painting in one of their bathrooms. I was actually always afraid of it. I remember often going upstairs to use the restroom to avoid the painting. For some reason in my mind I felt as though the woman in the painting lived alone, and she had been sitting in the field when she heard something come from her home causing her to whip around back to the house to see if anything was there. It always struck me as if there was some sort of underlying panic. Maybe it was because of the tension in her arms or they way her posture seemed somewhat unnatural. I just remember thinking the painting felt lonely and panicked at the same time, like the feeling of being home alone but then hearing a door shut somewhere in your house. Anyways I just really hadn't thought about this painting much since my grandparents passed away a few years ago, but I saw this thumbnail and all those childhood impressions came back to me. Love hearing the actual history of the painting.

2 months ago | [YT] | 1,446

Manish Goundar

all of wyeth’s paintings have this unexplainable haunting nature that just draws you in

2 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 1,089


I miss when Nerdwriter was weekly. Not even sure what it is now. Seems random. But hell, I’ll take it when I can get it.

2 months ago | [YT] | 2,014

Glenn Bradfield

Man I loved this video and never expected you to do a video on my absolute favorite artist! My Aunt is actually the collection manager at the Brandywine and was incredibly close with Mr. Wyeth through much of his life. He even painted her years ago in a piece called Murlanda which was the first version of his other painting Arctic Circle. I was young when I met him but I'll never forget his incredibly kind eyes and the look of excitement for the world that never seemed to fade. Thank you for this video!

2 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 1,160

Poet Anderson

it's interesting to me that you describe the painting as serene. personally i've always associated it with claustrophobia, and a sense of sickness because of the colors

2 months ago | [YT] | 233

Mr. Friendship

"I can't work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth; and then I can fly free."

~ Andrew Wyeth

2 months ago | [YT] | 354

Sam Umm

She looks terrified by something she heard at the house. I can’t see her face but she seems scared. I see her laying out in the grass daydreaming and then she heard something awful coming from the house and quick lifted her body up to see what it was

2 months ago | [YT] | 146


The image of a crippled woman crawling to a house because she refuses to use wheelchairs.

Thats still kinda morbid.

2 months ago | [YT] | 211

Amichai Nachshoni

"... and then it happens, if you're lucky, and you're perceptive enough to catch it".

2 months ago | [YT] | 280

lorraine uy

Honestly she the woman feels like she’s filled with a deep longing.

2 months ago | [YT] | 375

Daniel Dubinsky

I’ve had this painting sitting in my house since I was a child and as soon as I saw the thumbnail it felt like someone had taken part of my home and put it somewhere far away. Its a shame its taken 18 years of my life to see this in a mainstream light to the point where I almost thought I was the sole owner and that this painting was mine alone.

2 months ago | [YT] | 507

Matthew Stern

My dad had this painting. My mom hated it. When my parents divorced, he took it with him. He died in 1986. I don’t know what happened to the painting. This video is the first time I’ve seen this painting in years.

2 months ago | [YT] | 39

John C

"It's easy to go about your day and see nothing at all."

2 months ago | [YT] | 23

Patrick Donohoe

No amount of complacent sophistry will ever convince me that Jackson Pollock is "as good" a painter as any of the Wyeths.

2 months ago | [YT] | 21

Juliette De Maso

Being evocative is nearly always more impactful than being on the nose. You give someone 2+2 instead of 4. The viewer is compelled to participate, instead of being passive and simply receiving. And as such you will end up with something that includes you.

2 months ago | [YT] | 58

Simao Cruz

Idk if I'm the only one but I get Wuthering Heights vibes with this painting

2 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 78

Travis G.

So it's called "Christina's World" because she literally can't or won't leave it, right?

2 months ago | [YT] | 43


I always thought that the woman was laying in the field all day and looked at the house because she knew she couldn’t stay here forever, but was longing for just a short while longer.

2 months ago | [YT] | 21

Princess Peasant

This just strikes such a deep unsettling horror in me and I can't even explain why. The painting feels so empty and yet like there's something watching from the house. I love this painting but I would never want this in my house.

2 months ago | [YT] | 12

Ganesha k s

That music was so perfect for the calmness and profoundness of this video. Damn. Truly matches the painters calm description of the painting

2 months ago | [YT] | 168