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Andrew Wyeth - 'Crown of Flowers' 1973 tempera, drybrush on paper

One of the Helga Pictures - by Andrew Wyeth [American Contemporary Realist Painter, 1917-2009]


The Helga Pictures are a series of more than 240 paintings and drawings of German model Helga Testorf created by Andrew Wyeth between 1971 and 1985. Testorf was a neighbor of Wyeth's in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and over the course of fifteen years posed for Wyeth indoors and out of doors, nude and clothed, in attitudes that reminded writers of figures painted by Botticelli and Edouard Manet. Although Wyeth denied that there had been a physical relationship with Testorf, the secrecy surrounding the sessions and public speculation of an affair created a strain in the Wyeths' marriage.


Well after the paintings were finished Testorf remained close to Wyeth and helped care for him in his old age.



Second of four generations of Wyeths artists. The best known of the Wyeths, Andrew Wyeth was taught by his father, artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth is father of Jamie Wyeth, third generation contemporary realist painter.


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Complex restoration and compilation by plumleaves

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Taken on May 6, 2011