Andrew Wyeth’s Windows

At the National Gallery of Art in DC through October is the most wonderful exhibit that takes a close look at Andrew Wyeth’s windows. From acrylic to watercolor to pencil, he creates an engaging series of works depicting rural life (sans people) in Maine. Comprised of a hundred or so paintings, I was mesmerized by his approach to capture odd angles – just the lower right hand corner of a window, or a shaft of light on a wall in the shape of a window (but you never see the actual window that is casting the light!). He also focuses on the small, often insignificant things, like looking out through a window at a tuft of weeds and a bucket cast aside in the meadow. Why choose to focus on a forgotten bucket? Because this is life as we live it. While his compositions may look like still lifes, these are actually white the opposite. Everything is captured as it is, in the moment

The exhibit even exudes an air of intrigue, as he paints the windows of a neighbor, a woman he may or may not have had a closer relationship with.

A quick pop-in to gaze at Wyeth’s windows rather than through them, is also so instructional in capturing Americana as well.


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