Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Andrew Wyeth, Christina's World, and my grandparent's house

My grandpa Bob Smith built a house on a hill in Loves Park, IL. In the living room of that house was a print of this painting by Andrew Wyeth. When we finished the Appalachian Trail in 2000, our friend Trainwreck took us to Rockland, ME, to the Andrew Wyeth Gallery, where I saw the actual print. It was then I learned Christina is disabled. I didn't pay enough attention as a child to notice how thin her ankles were, and probably would not have noticed as an adult without the help of an explanatory placard. Later that day, after seeing this print, we drove by the actual hill, not far from Trainwreck's family's seaside cabin. It looks a lot like the hill my grandpa built a house on.

Here's an article about the painting, its location and Wyeth.

From good ol' Wikipedia:

Christina's World

"Christina's World"
Christina's World is the most famous work by American painter Andrew Wyeth, and one of the best-known American paintings of the 20th century. Painted in 1948, this tempera work is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
It shows a woman named Christina, who had an undiagnosed muscular deterioration that paralyzed her lower body, dragging herself across the ground to pick flowers from her garden.
The house, in Cushing, Maine still stands, although Wyeth took artistic license in its depiction, separating the barn from the house and changing the lay of the land. Wyeth used his wife, Betsy, as a model. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.