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501. Creative Artists[X]
1Name:  Mr. Andrew Wyeth
 Year Elected:  1967
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  501. Creative Artists
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1917
 Death Date:  January 16, 2009
Painter Andrew Wyeth was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 1917. Influenced by his father, the illustrator N.C. Wyeth, he had his first one-man exhibition in New York at age twenty and would go on to become one of the century's best-known artists. Acclaimed for his portrayals of both land and people (particularly in Pennsylvania and Maine), Mr. Wyeth has maintained a relatively consistent realist painting style for over fifty years, returning to several identifiable landscape subjects and models over a period of decades. Working primarily in watercolor, drybrush or egg tempera, he has created such famous works as Christina's World; Winter, 1946; Groundhog Day; Soaring; and The Carry. His work can be found in the collections of most major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An especially large collection of his work can be seen at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art held a major Wyeth retrospective in 2006. The first painter to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977), Mr. Wyeth has also been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor and the National Medal of Arts and has been elected to both the Academie des Beaux-Arts and the Royal Academy.
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