The Easel

Why Do Critics Still Hate Andrew Wyeth?

American realist painter Andrew Wyeth copped heaps from the city based critics of his day – “hopelessly conservative”, “dreary”, and more. But the crowds have always loved him. A retrospective next year will advocate a place for Wyeth in America’s realist tradition. But will a new generation of critics warm to his rural imagery?  “There are not just differing ideas about art at stake but competing visions of America.”