Emergence of aesthetic preference for the painter Andrew Wyeth

Tue, 17 Jun 97 20:34:20 JST

Re : Emergence of aesthetic preference for the painter Andrew Wyeth

One of the American landscape painters who are well known in Japan is
Andrew Wyeth.
Imageries he creates are very realistic, I mean that details are
deliberately painted.
It seems that his imageries are not restricted to the specific points of
time and space and have somewhat symbolical connotation although individual
objects (persons, landscape, and animals) are depicted.
I guess that his preference for selecting motives are reflecting the
conservative taste of aesthetics. His preference is considerably different
from the intellectual environment where innovative tendencies of the
contemporary art are generating.
According to rather superficial description on American culture (by some
Japanese authors and critics), through 1980s American cultural tastes were
turning into be conservative not so radical as through later years of 60's
and earlier years of 70's.

Can some art critics in the United States point out parallelism between
political/cultural inclination toward being conservative and Wyeth's
aesthetic preference for selection of motives ?

My source book of inspiration : John Hellmann's "American myth and the
legacy of Vietnam"

Masaaki Ohtaki / A post-graduate of "Art History" from University Keio