|Andrew Wyeth - Wind from the Sea (1947)|
Welcome to Artistic Interpretations. I recently traveled (again) to Washington D.C. - I love this city and its free art museums - and this time I spent a lot of time in the National Gallery of Art. I have a lot of material for future posts, but today I am sharing with you an artist I greatly admire.
I have a huge coffee table book of Andrew Wyeth's paintings - I share some below, however, I stood in front of the original "Wind from the Sea" (NGoA) and truly think I felt the breeze. I was so tempted to reach out and touch what looked like real lace! I find his paintings to be very intimate, and therefore, poetic. This first paragraph below is one of many in an article that can be found in it's entirety HERE. (Winter Fields is the fifth image below)
Andrew Wyeth is known for his use of realism and a subdued color palate. “Winter Fields” is a masterful example of the artist’s style, with its emphasis on exacting detail and muted colors. At first glance, the painting seems almost hyper-realistic in its detailed rendering of, for example, the feathers on the dead crow and the blades of dry grass in which it lies. Upon closer inspection, this heightened detail seems to push the painting into a territory that lies beyond simple representation of reality. Where objects in the distance would normally appear less distinct, the distant farm remains as crisply detailed as the nearby grass. Wyeth further alters the scene by using different vantage points. In the painting’s foreground, he offers a ground-level view of the crow; however, the landscape beyond is depicted as if from the viewpoint of a person standing in the field. Wyeth’s subtle alterations of reality contribute to the magic realism of his art.
I am moving next week - to the mountains of North Carolina - and the reason I've been absent from this garden for a few weeks. Packing, purging, etc. Before I could write all the titles of the paintings below, I packed the book away. So some do not have titles.
For today's challenge, you may write in any poetic form you wish. Choose one or more paintings for inspiration for an original poem. Please link below with "Mr. Linky". Thank you for playing! I look forward to your artistic interpretation!
Due to concerns regarding copyright, the images of Wyeth's paintings have been removed from this prompt. Below, please find links to his official website and to specific paintings which can be viewed at the Andrew Wyeth Online Gallery. His work is not available on WikiArt.org and may not be reproduced in any form without permission. Please be cautious about displaying pieces on your blogs.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and urge that you continue to write for this prompt, because the art is merely the spur for our poetry, and it is very fine inspiration indeed.