Sunday, August 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth & Olsen House in Cushing, Maine

Olson House
Garden @ Olsen House

Greg and I spent a long weekend up in Maine. My favorite stop, The Olsen House in Cushing, Maine. The Olsen House was made famous by painter Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World, a beautiful painting depicting a young Christina Olson crawling in the front field of the home. Wyeth created many works at the Olson house. The house is magical. A big center hall colonial sits high up on a rolling grassy hill that meanders it's way down to the cold Maine ocean.

Wyeth painted in almost every room of the house. Simple images of the paintings are framed in the rooms to give visitors an idea of what Wyeth saw. The gorgeous light in the house is transcendential. Soft rays of summer sunshine flow through the wavy old panes of the windows. Each corner of the house is a perfect still life waiting to be painted. Below are a several photos I took of the house showcasing the beautiful light.

At the very bottom are photos of the field that meanders it's way down to the ocean. Andrew Wyeth is buried at the base of the hill in a cemetery overlooking the ocean. A truly special place to visit.

The Olson House

Hathorne Point Road

Cushing, Maine

Front Door @ Olsen HouseFirst Floor Room @ Olsen House

Pantry Looking into Kitchen @ Olsen HouseKitchen @ Olsen HouseGeraniums in Kitchen @ Olsen House
Mop and Bucket @ Olsen House

Window @ Olsen House
Second Floor Bedroom @ Olsen House

Beautiful Window Light @ Olsen House
Looking at Window At Ocean @ Olsen House

Field @ Olsen House
Wildflowers @ Olsen House in MaineField @ Olsen House in Mid-August
Gravestones @ Olson HouseAndrew Wyeth Gravestone in Maine


  1. It was interesting to learn about the Tempera paint Wyeth used and see the room he used to crack the eggs and mix the paint.
    The hot sun made for some great light walking through the house and yet the house remained cool.

  2. Absolutely stunning photographs Katy! I'm swooning at every last one!

  3. Oh my gosh I love this place! When I visited, I really loved how they kept the house empty so you can truly feel the effects of the light everywhere I also love the cemetery across the street!!

  4. Thanks guys! It's a great place to visit if your in the Rockland, Maine area.

  5. Katy- I have been to the farnsworth museum, but never stopped by the Olsen house in Cushing. Thank you so much! Your photos capture the magic of that house and why Andrew painted there.

  6. I really enjoyed this post. I'm a watercolor artist and love Wyeth. Thanks for sharing!

  7. These pictures are great! I especially love the picture with the flowers in the window! Beautiful!!! :)



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