Andrew Wyeth ( American, 1917 - 2009 )
- January 17, 1946
In Beckie King, Andrew Wyeth depicts the stoic elderly woman meticulously dressed in her nightgown and bed jacket with her hair carefully braided behind her ear. The texture of King's weathered face and hands contrast with her shiny, patterned garments and wispy hair. This work is typical of Wyeth's sharply defined pencil drawings. A similar attention to detail and precision appears in the work of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), whom Wyeth greatly admired. Intended to be a study for a painted portrait, the pencil likeness of Beckie King was the only view produced before her death.
- Angie Morrow, DMA documentation, TMS data, April 11, 2001.
- P.F.R., DMA research document, n.d., Education files.