About the Artist
American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) spent his entire life in his birthplace of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in mid-coast Maine. Throughout his seven-decade career, he created paintings of the land and people that he knew well. Renowned for his tempera Christina's World (1948), Wyeth navigated between artistic representation and abstraction in a highly personal way.
Wind from the Sea (1947) captures a moment on a hot summer day when Wyeth opened the seldom used window in an attic room. The picture is eerily alive with movement as the wind blows the curtains into the room. The tattered, transparent fabric is light and airy, with small embroidered birds along the edges that seem ready to dart into the house. In contrast, the sun-bleached wooden window sill looks sturdy and solid. Two well-worn tire tracks running across the dirt lead the viewer's eye toward the sea in the distance. The close vantage point and the tightly cropped window frame at the edge of the painting create the illusion that the viewer is actually looking out a window.
An iconic Wyeth landscape, Wind from the Sea is one of the earliest examples of his use of windows as a recurring subject in his art.
- 11 x 14 inches