Christina’s World - Andrew Wyeth - 1948

Critically ignored at its first gallery show, Christina’s World was quickly purchased by the MoMA in New York City and since has become an icon of American Realism. The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist’s neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, “was limited physically but by no means spiritually,” and Wyeth explained ”The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless.”

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