Christina’s Parallel Worlds

Andrew Wyeth died last week at the age of 91. Michael Kimmelman, writing in The New York Times, says the artist “gave America a prim and flinty view of Puritan rectitude,
starchily sentimental, through parched gray and brown pictures of
spooky frame houses, desiccated fields, deserted beaches, circling
buzzards and craggy-faced New Englanders.” Wyeth’s work was reviled during the era of Pop Art and the anything goes “end of painting” that followed. Nonetheless, many realist illustrators admired his ability to evoke rusticity, and his “Christina’s World” is justly considered an iconic illustration. So, in homage to Mr. Wyeth, today we will present just a few of the parodies found on the web.

Can you think of other, less familiar paintings that have been so frequently parodied? Let me know what you think!

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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