TIME Cover: Andrew Wyeth's World

Portrait of the artist Andrew Wyeth done by his sister, Henriette Hurd.

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It was a natural question; under the circumstances, anybody would have asked it. Harvard's President Nathan Pusey, chatting with Painter Andrew Wyeth at dinner the night before giving him an honorary doctor of fine arts degree in 1955, inquired: "And where did you go to college?" Wyeth knew that his answer might well be dumfounding to a professional protagonist of formal learning, but he went ahead and said it: "I didn't go to college. I never even went to school." Recalling Pusey's expression now, Wyeth says: "He almost fainted."

Of course, Wyeth...

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