• Kavya Singh

Andrew Wyeth - Christina’s World

Christina’s World (1948) is a painting by Andrew Wyeth and is one of the best-known American paintings of the 20th century. Anna Olson Christina was Andrew’s neighbour at his summer house. She suffered from a muscle disorder which led to her not being able to walk. However, she was highly opposed to the use of wheelchairs and crawled everywhere she went.

“The challenge to me,” Wyeth explained, “was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless.”

One noticeable model in this scene is the Olson farmhouse which was built in the late 18th century and is still standing. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Even though this painting was inspired by Olson, the model was Betsy Wyeth, Andrew’s wife. This extraordinary painting is a permanent part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Arts.

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