For many artists, the subject matter to which they turn time and again incorporates images from their own
environments, experiences and memories.
Andrew Wyeth, long regarded as one of America's greatest artists, always painted what was most familiar to him,
finding beauty in even the smallest elements of his environment. From his birth in 1917 to his death in 2009, Wyeth
continued to live in rural Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania -- his "ancestral home" -- and to spend summers on the coast
of Maine. These places were his world, and provided him with the wealth of images he translated into a moving,
gentle art. Christina's World is among his best known works, and certainly one of his most loved.
Marc Chagall was a young artist living in Paris, far away from his Russian homeland, when he painted I and the
Village. Filled with strange creatures and mysterious events, Chagall's work brings a surreal, fairy-tale quality to his
memories of the world of his childhood.
Much of what we know of the Netherlands of the 16th century we owe to Pieter Brueghel the Elder. He recorded the
smallest details of the world before him -- farmers in their fields, hunters returning to their village through the snow,
children at play -- and in so doing left us with a vivid account of his world and the people who populated it.
In this GalleryTime presentation, we explore the worlds each of these artists has presented us, and experiment
with ways we can portray our own worlds.
|ARTISTS AND THEIR WORLDS
Marc Chagall - I and the Village (1911)
Andrew Wyeth - Christina's World (1948)
Pieter Brueghel - The Harvesters (ca.1565)
The Harvesters Christina's World
I and the Village