Andrew Wyeth

Lead: In December 1963 President Lyndon Baines Johnson conferred the Presidential Medal of Freedom on artist Andrew Wyeth – making him the first painter to receive this distinguished civilian award.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Andrew Wyeth was born in 1917 southwest of Philadelphia in rural Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Wyeth was part of a family of accomplished artists and is the most well known. He is often referred to as “America’s favorite artist.” He was a master of dry brush watercolor and egg tempera painting and is known for realistic depictions of people and scenes of rural America. Wyeth is sometimes compared to late nineteenth century American painters Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. His subjects came from the around his home in Chadds Ford and his summer home in Cushing, Maine.

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