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The Illusion of the American Frontier

From 03 November 2015 to 07 February 2016

Early booking is recommended

Edward S. Curtis
An Oasis in the Badlands (detail), 1905
Photography, gelatin silver. 15.2 x 20.2 cm
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.

Thyssen Channel

  • The Painter and his Model

  • with Sissy Spruance
  • 10 September 2012

On 10 September this year Sissy Spruance, Andrew Wyeth’s model for his painting My young Friend (1970) in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Permanent Collection, visited the Museum. She agreed to be interviewed, which gave us the first opportunity to hear the story from the other side of the painting. Sissy recounted how she and the artist met and became friends and what posing for her portrait involved. Thanks to this unique opportunity we now know more about the relationship between a painter and his model, which is always an enigmatic one.

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