Hand-signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery Of Art Exhibit. Poster

Hand-Signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery of Art Exhibit. Poster

Hand-Signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery of Art Exhibit. Poster



Hand-Signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery of Art Exhibit. Poster
   Hand-Signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery of Art Exhibit. Poster


Framed Dimensions: 28 1/2" x 28 1/2". Signed by hand above the word "PICTURES". The Helga Pictures are a series of more than 240 paintings and drawings of German model Helga Testorf born c. 1939 created by Andrew Wyeth (19172009) between 1971 and 1985. Helga Testorf was a neighbor of Wyeth's in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and over the course of fifteen years posed for Wyeth indoors and out of doors, nude and clothed, in attitudes that reminded writers of figures painted by Botticelli and Édouard Manet.

To John Updike, her body is what Winslow Homer's maidens would have looked like beneath their calico. Born in Germany, Helga entered a Prussian Protestant convent chosen by her father in 1955. After becoming seriously ill she left the convent and lived in Mannheim, where she studied to be a nurse and a masseuse.

In 1957, she met John Testorf, a German-born, naturalized American citizen, whom she married in 1958. By 1961 they were living in Philadelphia, where she worked in a tannery, but they soon moved to Chadds Ford.

There she raised a family that would grow to include four children, and acted as caretaker to farmer Karl Kuerner, an elderly neighbor who was a friend and model for Wyeth. Wyeth asked Testorf to model for him in 1971, and from then until 1985 he made 45 paintings and 200 drawings of her, many of which depicted her nude.

The sessions were a secret even to their spouses. The paintings were stored at the home of his student, neighbor and good friend, Frolic Weymouth. The item "Hand-Signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery of Art Exhibit. Poster" is in sale since Tuesday, October 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints".

The seller is "enfinity8" and is located in Denver, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States.
  • Medium: Offset Lithograph
  • Subject: Portrait
  • Style: Realism
  • Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
  • Features: Framed Double Matted
  • Color: Black
  • Year: 1987
  • Width (Inches): 28.5
  • Date of Creation: 1970-1989
  • Height (Inches): 28.5
  • Print Surface: Thick Paper / Cardboard
  • Originality: Open Edition Print
  • Artist: Andrew Wyeth
  • Size: Medium (up to 36in.



Hand-Signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery of Art Exhibit. Poster
   Hand-Signed Andrew Wyeth Helga Pictures National Gallery of Art Exhibit. Poster