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!