Art: The Young Realist

In the glossy generalities of contemporary art criticism, "realist" and "old fogy" are nearly synonymous. Yet one of the nation's boldest painters is Realist Andrew Wyeth, 41.

A fiery man who thinks much on death, a craftsman who submerges his craft in seas of mood, a hermit filled with feeling for people, Wyeth touches contemporary hearts as few native painters ever have. One measure of the fact: his first Manhattan show in five years at the Knoedler Galleries this week sold out (at prices up to $35,000) the day it opened....

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