Imagining: the Olson House


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo matter how many times I visit the Olson House, I am intrigued by its history, the people who lived there and the art it inspired.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine a young Christina Olson shrieking with delight to the creaking of her rocking horse.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine her sitting in a sunlit kitchen gazing past her red geraniums to the world outside.

Olson HouseI imagine her brother Alvaro walking through the blue door after a day’s work,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAone that may have seen him putting his dory away for the season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine their friend Andrew Wyeth sitting in the kitchen with Christina and Alvaro enjoying their, perhaps, silent company.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine Wyeth looking out a second floor window toward the St. George River and finding subject for his next painting.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI imagine him sitting in this room painting Christina’s World, which would  become his most famous work and inspiration for the creative output of many others.

Yes, the Olson House gives birth to many imagined wanderings, but there is a reality here, too.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Olsons

Olson Houseand Andrew Wyeth have left this place for another that they share.  Their presence here together speaks volumes about their relationship, one that I can only imagine but much of which is told through Wyeth’s art.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

9 thoughts on “Imagining: the Olson House

  1. Such a wonderful post – thanks for letting us see into this house and your commentary was nice –

  2. One of your best ever. Sharing the memories here in Santa Fe. Judy

  3. Wow…what a beautiful, peaceful place. I’m going to have to google these people to find more of this history. Thanks for sharing!!! Tina

  4. Linda, you piqued my interest and I googled and read about this interesting story of the Olsons and Wyeth! Thanks for sharing this home and your commentary was excellent!

    1. When you come to Maine, the Olson House is well worth a visit. I’ve been so many times I can probably do the talk!

  5. Linda – I’m so glad I found your Blog – you lovingly captured the light in your photos…the same light that Wyeth must have seen and appreciated. So very lovely indeed. 🙂

    1. Thank you, I know you are right about the light.

  6. I plan to google more about this too. Thanks for sharing. I love learning about new places.

  7. This is definitely one of the places that I have wanted to visit…next time! Thanks for sharing this home filled with such history and inspiration!

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