(AP) – Wyeth is well known for his landscapes of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as ":Christina’s World,": died early today. A spokeswoman for the Brandywine River Museum says Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford.
The son of famed painter and book illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth gained wealth, acclaim and tremendous popularity. But he chafed under criticism from some experts he was not an artist but merely an illustrator.
It was in Maine that Wyeth found the subject for ":Christina’s World,": his best-known painting. And it was in Pennsylvania that he met Helga Testorf, a neighbor in his native Chadds Ford who became the subject of the intimate portraits that brought him millions of dollars and a wave of public attention in 1986.