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Hugely popular painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91

Andrew Wyeth, whose realistic yet often melancholy paintings of rural Pennsylvania and Maine made him one of America's most popular living artists, and whose 1948 landscape "Christina's World" was one of the 20th century's most famous artworks, died Friday. He was 91. Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in Chadds Ford, Pa., southwest of Philadelphia, after a brief illness, the Brandywine River Museum said in a statement. By 1950, he was being called a "master of the magic-realist technique" and lauded as one of the greatest American artists. Life magazine declared him "America's preeminent artist" in 1965, but an art world that increasingly...

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