Photographer's Note

While visiting New York City last weekend, I stayed at the Warwick Hotel on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 54th Street, and to my pleasant surprise, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) was in the adjoining block. Indeed, the window from my room on the 22nd story offered a bird’s eye view of the MOMA building. I spent a few hours in the museum, from which my friend, the great Turkish photographer, Izzet Keribar had posted a number of shots in the past, including "Love at First Sight" and "Watchman at MOMA".

I’ve known the featured painting in this photograph, “Christina’s World”, for years, but I am embarrassed to admit I did not know that it was in the permanent collection of MOMA. The artist, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was the son of the famous artist/illustrator NC Wyeth, and the father of the superb figurative painter Jamie Wyeth. Painted in 1948, “Christina’s World” shows a woman crawling along a field toward a barn and house on the hill. The subject is Christina Olson, a neighbor of the artist and a victim of polio. We are also told that Wyeth's own wife served as the primary model for the work. The house depicted in the painting evidently still exists, although Wyeth took some artistic liberty with the topography. When I came across this highly disturbing painting last Sunday morning, I took a few photos with and without viewers. In this image, I steadied my camera against the doorway of the hall in which it hangs and waited for a viewer to appear.

Finally, this photo appears to be a good candidate for inclusion in the theme Pictures at an Exhibition. If others have photos to hang in that growing group theme, please feel free to participate.

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