Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World, Tempera on panel, 1948
…He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery. (x)
This painting was hiding in plain sight at GlaxoSmithKline until an inventory revealed that it is part of a series painted by N. C. Wyeth in 1929. Until this discovery in 2012, eleven of the sixteen paintings were unaccounted for. GlaxoSmithKline generously donated the work to the Museum. Today, on Wyeth’s birthday, we are proud to have this painting and celebrate his incredible talent.
If you happen to know where the other ten are, let us know.