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Retrospect: August 1947: Andrew Wyeth's Wind from the Sea

American painter Andrew Wyeth was known for capturing the mood and feeling of his subjects and their environments with a subtle intimacy that few artists could. In 1948 he painted what is perhaps his most famous work, Christina's World, which depicts his close friend and neighbor Anna Christina Olson sprawled on a vast, open lawn in front of the ramshackle farmhouse she shared with her brother, Alvaro, in Cushing, Maine. Unable to walk as a result of polio, Christina is seen crawling toward the house with a sense of both anguish and wonder that is immediately transferred to the viewer.

Contributing Editor SEAN POTTER is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.       

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