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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Christina Olson's House and Andrew Wyeth

I'm still here, but haven't been able to do any paper crafting for a while, and haven't had time to visit any blogs. We are still working on getting my mother moved.

Over the holiday weekend, we took some time off and went to Rockland, Maine. While there, we visited friends we hadn't seen for a long time, and went to one of my favorite places, The Olson House. (For those who have never heard of it, it was made famous by many of Andrew Wyeth's paintings, especially the one titled "Christina's World").

It's funny, I have been to this house lots of times over the years, and every time I have been there, something has gone wrong with my camera. The same thing happened this time, but luckily, I finally have a cell phone with a halfway decent camera in it. It isn't as good as my real camera, but I did get a lot of nice pictures anyway.

This is looking down at the shed and the kitchen and pantry area from the third floor.

This is one of the rooms. There is a print of Christina's world on the wall.

I had never been down to the family cemetery before because it is on private property. (Even though most tourists go there anyway). Now my niece is with a member of the Olson family, and she took us down to see it. Christina was going home from this cemetery when Wyeth decided to do the painting. My niece lives on the Olson property, and says almost every day during the summer she sees tourists down in the field posing as Christina while getting their picture taken.
When Wyeth did the painting, he turned the house slightly in the painting so you could see the front better. He also painted the barn further to the left than it really is, and didn't paint in the tree line.

For years, Christina lived in the house alone with her brother Alvaro. This is their grave.

Andrew Wyeth is also buried here.

I hope those of you who love Andrew Wyeth's paintings of this house, but live too far away to visit, enjoyed seeing these pictures.


JD/ Jill said...

Kathi, I enjoyed this post it reminded me of my visit to the Brandywine Museum which is located about a hour and a half from our home. I won two free tickets to the museum at a fund raiser that I attended. We expected to go to the museum and visit for an hour or two and then take in other sites in the area. We arrived at the museum in the morning shortly after it opened and we ended up staying almost till it closed. We were so fascinated with all that we saw there. It had to be before 2009 because Andrew Wyeth was still living when we visited there. His granddaughter was there and she gave the tour, explaining about all his paintings. It was a very memorable day.
Miss your glad to see this one.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah so pleased to read this Kathi going to put you on my favourite post a want to keep coming here and that is the easiest way to check.. and wow, read up on the story on Christina what w wodnerful lady the painting is very empathetic.. but a tad mournful too, love Shaz in Oz.x Maine gets very cold in winter doesn't it?