8 x 10"
oil on panel
From the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, I've featured one of my personal favorites by Andrew Wyeth, titled 'Airborne'.
Taken from the museum's summary, 'The painting depicts Wyeth's home on Benner Island, Maine - painted in a contrasting palette of bright greens and dull greys conveying the site's weather, tides and seasonal rhythms. The floating feathers add an element of surprise, suggesting that something is taking place just beyond the frame. Wyeth invites the viewer to speculate what is happening to the ducks and geese who summer on the pond next to his house - perhaps an attack by one of the resident eagles or simply the molting of seagulls? More likely Wyeth indicated unexpected, sudden violence here - in his world, reality is always mysterious and illusory: like feathers on a breeze, only momentary.'
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