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A well known example of American Realism is Andrew Wyeth He has a certain affection for the objects and people which surround him These Wyeth records with remarkable likeness poetic charm and a powerful silence These statements can be applied to both people and still life I agree with David McCord in his statement in Andrew Wyeth page 24 to that powerful silence one must add enormous stillness All of Wyeths works emit that special poetic charm but it is best illustrated in his use of water versus the landscape In River Cove the water sits so still and calm it appears to be dead The only life visible on the land is a few clam and mussel shells along with the tracks left behind by some local bird The only fauna that can be seen is reflection of evergreens in the water This painting is hauntingly still with a profound simplicity There are no people visible and no evidence of people inhabiting the area In this sense the viewer has a birds eye view of an untouched natural paradise The powerful silence and enormous silence described by David McCord in the opening paragraph is most apparent in Wyeths distinguished piece appropriately named after its subject entitled Christinas World In Christinas World Wyeth depicts his young neighbor struggling to reach a farm house perhaps her home in the distance The strongest emotion which radiates from this painting is silence There are no other figured in the portrait as the crippled girl looks longingly to the farm A slight breeze is detectable as
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