Anna Christina (1967) by Andrew Wyeth

Anna Christina - Wyeth, Andrew - 1967 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleAnna Christina
ArtistAndrew Wyeth
Date1967
Mediumtempera
Dimensions21 1/4 x 23 1/2 in
Art MovementContemporary Realism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston
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About Anna Christina

Andrew Wyeth’s painting Anna Christina depicts one of his muses, Anna Christina Olson, in her usual pose. The painting is a part of the artist’s focus on two families: the Kuerners and the Olsons. It was painted in 1967 following the death of Wyeth’s father N.C., on Kuerner’s Hill in Chadds Ford. It features Olson and a weathered wooden house along with a barn located in an empty field.

Wyeth used egg tempera while creating this artwork. His style is known for emotional sincerity, realism, and undercurrents of abstraction and symbolism. Although Anna-Christina is one of many artworks by Andrew Wyeth, he considered this painting’s location to be a double portrait of Alvaro and Christina Olson with Christina as his recurring muse.

The painting captures the nostalgic dullness experienced during rural life with added narrative tension; it showcases an interesting blend between realism and abstraction as seen through Olsen’s figure sprawled out across the foreground grasslands against the distant horizon stretching out beyond her reach. Overall AMna Christiana is an excellent representation of Andrew Wyeth ‘s unique style that combines elements from both Romanticism as well as Realism periods.

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