Monday, November 16, 2009

Snow Hill

This past weekend I visited the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Where? I have no idea where that is. Especially since the Tom Tom had to find us a minimum of three alternative routes before we were able to arrive at the front door and not at someone's locked gate deep in the woods.

But we made it. And there, I was formally introduced to the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, and in particular, my new favorite painting, Snow Hill:

Wyeth painted this picture to mark his seventieth birthday -- each ribbon representing a decade -- and it is absolutely stunning in person. The setting is a hill overlooking Kuerner Farm, which was a major source of inspiration for Wyeth thoughout his painting career. The figures are his models from his earlier works. They dance around a maypole during Christmas time, perhaps celebrating in anticipation of Wyeth's death (Wyeth lived to be 91 years old however).

It's a sureal scene. And just beautiful.

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