Christina's World: Background information when reading A Piece of the World

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A Piece of the World

A Novel

by Christina Baker Kline

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A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
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    Feb 2017, 320 pages
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Christina's World

Christina's WorldAndrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World, the subject of A Piece of the World, was initially met with little fanfare, and its critical reception was lackluster. Nevertheless, the painting, which features Christina Olson reaching toward her home in the distance, was purchased during its first showing at a New York Gallery in 1948 by Alfred Barr, the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Today it is one of MoMA's most admired exhibits and has become a well-known representation of American art. The painting has been loaned out only once since its purchase when it was shown for two days in 2009 at Chadds Ford, PA, Wyeth's hometown, in memoriam of the artist.

The Olson House, which is featured in many of Wyeth's paintings, was originally constructed in the late 1700s by Alexander Hathorn to replace a log cabin built by his father. Several generations of Hathorns lived there and transformed the surrounding land into a profitable farm. The house was modified and expanded...

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