Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World has established a reputation as on e of the best-known and widely reproduced of all American paintings. The painting depicts Wyeth’s friend Christina Olson, a woman crippled with polio, who is here shown dragging herself along the ground with her arms, moving towards the house at a distant horizon. The high skyline reflects the low point of Olson herself and thus suggests empathy rather than sympathy. Indeed, what is most striking about this figure is her endurance and independence, forging her own way through this vast and isolated landscape. About the painting Sir David Piper wrote: “ It seems to express both the tragedy and the joy of life with such vivid poignancy that it becomes an universal symbol of the human condition.”

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