A Peek Through A Window   6 comments

This week’s blog hop is about our favorite paintings. Check out what we think on this subject.

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Wyeth Helga's BraidsTo me, paintings are a window into another world, which may be why I love realism in paintings and am not an abstract fan … although I have a few exceptions. You can tell the skill of a writer by how well he executes a realistic scene, whereas with abstract art, it could just be paint splashes on gesso.
I am therefore a fan of Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, John Frederick Peto, Ives Gammell, and Ernest Fiene, as well as N.C. Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth, but … perhaps not surprisingly … my favorite painter is Andrew Wyeth (son and father of the above), no doubt because of his near-photographic quality.

Wyeth, who died in 2009. was a multi-faceted artist who employed some abstract techniques – like the window grid – to provide focus for his images, which generally evoke a powerful emotion in me … which was exactly what Wyeth said he wanted from his audience – that they be attracted by the realism and, eventually feel a powerful emotional response of their own.

Windows are an invitation to peek inside and Wyeth’s windows are enticing. They form a motif through the body of his work that was so distinct that the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. featured an exhibit of his works called “Looking Out, Looking In”. Wyeth pained more than 300 “window” without people in them.

“Wind from the Sea” is horizontal, almost photographic in quality and it features an open Wyeth Wind from the Sea.pngwindow with filmy curtains billowing out toward the viewer. The lace curtains soften the sharp edges of the window. If you look closely, you can see images of flowers and flying birds in the fabric. The shade shows rips and holes that allow light through its dark surface. Outside, a lonely field, edged by trees, is crossed by a narrow dirt road. All the careful details just speak of what we cannot see – the soft summer breeze.

The first time I saw this painting, it reminded me of the Holy Spirit, which the New Testament designates with the word “pneuma” – meaning “air or wind.” Something about the painting just speaks to me of that, though I doubt that was Wyeth’s intention when he painted it. As Wyeth’s stated goal was illicit strong emotion in his audience, I think he accomplished his desired outcome.

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  1. Good art is always open to interpretation.

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  2. That painting is stunning. Thank you for introducing me. I had the pleasure of visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum a couple years ago. So worth the time. They had a special exhibit on the animation of Disney’s Snow White, as well. I was in heaven.

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    • You’re most welcome. For many years, we lived in a tiny home (it wasn’t called that back then) that had almost no wall space (because tiny home living requires cabinets). I had a print of that painting on the front of the fridge. Now a framed print of it resides on the living room wall, right next to my mother’s copy of the Gleaners and another Wyeth called Christine’s World. The rest of the house is all our daughter’s work, which makes us look very schizophrenic since she is a surealist.

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  3. I love the window painting. I also have a fondness for paintings of mail boxes. Don’t have a clue why.

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