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Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth
Asleep, 1979
Graphite pencil on paper, signed at lower left, Andrew Wyeth
14 x 11 inches (356 x 280 mm)
Gift of Warren Adelson and Frank Fowler in memory of their friend Andrew Wyeth; 2009.4
Copyright Pacific Sun Trading Co.
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Wyeth's exacting style relied heavily on drawings made from observation. Between 1971 and 1985, Wyeth created over two hundred works inspired by his neighbor Helga Testorf. The so-called Helga pictures emerged as an important career landmark. Asleep is a beautiful example of Wyeth's manner—the intimate portrait of Helga emphasizes the details of her face, while the surrounding elements are merely indicated with a few cursory lines.

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