Friday, January 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth, RIP

Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Andrew Wyeth, the U.S. realist painter whose haunting portrait of a young woman lying in a field and gazing at a distant farmhouse became one of the iconic images of 20th-century American art, has died. He was 91.

What many people don't know is that he was an influence of Charles Schulz. You'd never know it by his drawing style in Peanuts, but Schulz had great admiration for the artist.

Wyeth's most famous painting, Christina's World, played a subtle role in the comic series Preacher, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The mother of the protagonist deeply understood the emotions conveyed by the painting, as it was a reflection of her own mental and social paralysis. Glenn Fabry, cover artist for the series, offered up his own take on the illustration for issue #43.

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