If you’ve seen only one of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings, it is possibly Christina’s World now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This very famous painting is one of many that Wyeth painted using Christina and Alvaro Olson and their home as subject.
The Olson house is today a historical landmark located in Cushing, Maine, and is part of Rockland’s Farnsworth Museum which always has a large exhibit of Wyeth family works. Although the house has little left in the way of artifacts or personal belongings, it is a fascinating place to visit as one is exposed to the views and images that became subject for Andrew Wyeth.
In the kitchen window there are always red geraniums, objects that once captured the artist’s eye
Until his death a couple of years ago, Andrew Wyeth’s brother-in-law Dudley Rockwell visited the Olson House every day during the summer and entertained visitors with first hand stories of the artist and his relationship with the Olsons. Theirs was a very trusting friendship, lasting until Christina and Alvaro’s death.
The Olsons lived a quiet life in a quiet area of Maine. Christina’s crippling illness was never diagnosed and Andrew Wyeth contributed to making her life as comfortable as possible. She and her brother died within weeks of each other and are buried close by the homestead in a family plot.
So is Andrew Wyeth, his grave marked by a simple stone. To me, that says a lot about the special relationship these three people had.
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