One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Artistic Interpretations with Margaret - Andrew Wyeth

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 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. 


Sherry Blue Sky said...

I have always loved Wyeth's work. Great prompt.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Beautiful art! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know this artist's work better.
Is there any copyright attached to any of these images or are they your personal photos of the paintings? I just want to be certain as to how attribution should be assigned on our blogs.

Thanks Margaret.

Stacie Eirich said...

I love prompts that connect poetry with other arts -- and how wonderful that you got the chance to trip to the museums in DC. I envy you your move to the mountains of North Carolina - I used to live close to Asheville myself, and miss the morning drive to work where I'd see the sun coming up on the blue ridge mountains in the distance!

Margaret said...

Kerry - all the images except the first are from the book... The first one is from my camera. Sorry - I didn't think of that - so many of his images are all over the Internet.

Margaret said...

From the vintage 1968 Andrew Wyeth coffee table book

Bekkie Sanchez said...

I used the first image Margaret but I know you don't mind. I just saw now that it was your image and I liked it. What a nice prompt I like to write for images and we don't do it enough.

This brought the past out of me, memories as a child playing at my uncle's farm. Good times.

I was lucky years ago to go to DC and hit a few museums but can barely remember now. What a city!

I'll have to take off "Good Link" next! I hope everyone has a good faux Friday the weekend approaches.

Hugs! Bekkie

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks Margaret for the wonderful art of Andrew Wyeth as inspiration

Kerry O'Connor said...

Just a note: I checked the Andrew Wyeth website and his work is still under copyright protection. His paintings may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

Margaret said...

So sorry for messing up and so thankful for you coming to the rescue! You are an amazing Queen Toad.

Anonymous said...

that wind through the window is tangible - loved investigating more of Wyeth's work and a wonderful challenge - thank you Margaret. All good wishes for your new home - movement brings anxiety and freshness!

Marian said...

I've always felt inspiration from Andrew Wyeth's paintings, and there is some kind of old family connection that I have forgotten. I do remember my grandparents discussing him and his family as though they knew him. I'll need to check on that. Just love this prompt, though it will be a minor miracle if I actually get to write to it! Thank you, Margaret... and thinking of you and sending good energy for your move.

brudberg said...

Very late to the party but I do love his paintings... the melancholy is always there.. just as in life.

Hannah said...

I remember when there was an exhibit of his work in my state...lovely indeed. Thank you, Margaret.

Fireblossom said...

Am I the only one not seeing a linky?