Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009, United States)

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Andrew Wyeth was a realist painter, and one of the best-known American artists of the middle 20th century. His mature style was regionalist, often painted using tempera, and focused on the landscape and people of Pennsylvania and Maine. His 1948 painting Christina’s World is one of the most famous examples of Americana in art.

Born on this day in 1882, N. C. Wyeth’s vibrant illustrations brought many beloved tales to life. This painting captures the dramatic moment in “The Odyssey of Homer” when the disguised Ulysses reveals himself to his wife’s suitors by effortlessly using his own bow, which others had tried but would only bend for him.

The Trial of the Bow,” 1929, by N. C. Wyeth