Art: American Realist

Andrew Wyeth is a puzzle to critics, but not to laymen. Conceding his extraordinary skill, some critics accuse him of fishing in a backwater; Wyeth's story. telling pictures have more in common with i Qth-than with 20th-century art. To laymen, who generally prefer the old-fashioned kind anyway, that does not matter a bit. What does matter is the plain fact that Wyeth's pictures make sense, call for no translation.

That puts the cognoscenti out of work. Ever since their turn-of-the-century brethren failed to gauge the force and direction of modern art, the critics,...

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