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Subject: Betsy Wyeth was Andrew Wyeth's devoted, yet duped wife, unaware his true muse was a local woman named Helga Testorf, who was the subject muse of his most memorable work, later in life.


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Date Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 11:25:58am
In reply to: Dead at 98 's message, "Betsy Wyeth, Widow & muse of painter Andrew Wyeth" on Tuesday, April 21, 04:54:57pm



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In 1986, extensive coverage was given to the revelation of a series of 247 studies of the German-born Helga Testorf, whom Wyeth met while she was attending to Karl Kuerner at his farm. Wyeth painted her over the period 197185 without the knowledge of either his wife Betsy, or Helga's husband, John Testorf. Helga, a caregiver with nursing experience, had never modeled before but quickly became comfortable with the long periods of posing, during which he observed and painted her in intimate detail. The Helga pictures are not an obvious psychological study of the subject, but more an extensive study of her physical landscape set within Wyeth's customary landscapes. She is nearly always portrayed as unsmiling and passive; yet, within those deliberate limitations, Wyeth manages to convey subtle qualities of character and mood, as he does in many of his best portraits. This extensive study of one subject in differing contexts and emotional states is unique in American art.
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