Yesterday at one of my favorite antique stores I ended up finding a copy of 1st edition “The Helga Pictures”. Also in the book was a small leaflet from the 1987 exhibition of Helga Pictures at the National Gallery of Art as an added bonus. I have been looking for a copy for many years and am glad to have finally found one.
Andrew Wyeth is as American as Coca Cola but he is not at all generic, he was a unique person and a unique artist. His art is very mystical; one can spend a whole day looking at just one of his watercolors.
How often does an artist use a model for fifteen years and that also with out a third person knowing about it. And then keeping those 240 or so, works of art, hidden from any other human being during that period. This fact itself is so amazing that it adds so much more depth to the “The Helga Pictures”.
|My copy of "The Helga Pictures"|
|The leaflet that was in the book|
|1987 Time Magazine with Helga|
|A close up from Drawn Shade|
|On her knees|
|study for "on her knees"|
|Helga Testorf in 2006|
|Andrew Wyeth in front of one of Helga painting at|
the National Galley of Art
Credits: google, paisleycurtain, brandywine museum etc.