Christina's World


My great-aunt has a reproduction of Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth hanging in her kitchen, and every time I went there as a child, I would dreamily stare at it imagining I was Christina laying about in a lovely field. I saw it again recently and thought about what Christina might have had in that pretty grey house you see in the distance. It got me thinking about the simplicity and loveliness of homestead items with that rural vintage aesthetic that are so popular again. I never knew the actual story behind the painting, and was so disheartened when I read that Christina was crippled from the waist down due to Polio. One day Wyeth saw her from his window crawling across the field and was inspired to paint her. Wyeth explained, "The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless." Despite the underlying sadness, I love that Wyeth wanted to capture someone who was "limited physically but by no means spiritually." Here is what I imagine existing in that grey house on the hill:

1. Beeswax candles / 2. Refined Timber tray / 3. Savon de Marseilles Olive Soap / 4. Bon Appetit napkin / 5. Lavandin spray / 6. White Sage and Wild Mint tea / 7. 2012 Fruit Calendar / 8. Chaville Coupe / 9. Linen bath towels / 10. Ettore Console / 11. Market Basket / 12. Corked Bottle Trio / 13. Cheval Mirror / 14. Fleur-de-Lys Tumbler

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