Christina Olson House, Cushing, Maine
Visiting Christina Olson’s house was a highlight (maybe the highlight) of our trip. In case you don’t know who Christina was, she was the subject of many Andrew Wyeth paintings, including one of his most famous, Christina’s World.
Andrew used the rooms in the house as studio space, painting Christina’s World in a bedroom upstairs. He painted so many pieces there that when we walked into the house I felt like I’d been there before. It is an amazing place to visit for Wyeth fans. The rooms are all bare, not much is left from when Christina and her brother lived there, but you have free reign to roam the house at your own pace and take in every room.
The kitchen was such an interesting place to see, as Christina spent so much time in there. I tried to imagine her crawling over the wooden floorboards and what it smelled like when she lived there. I’ve read that most visitors couldn’t even stand being in the house for a few moments, it smelled so badly.
Across a field from the house are the graves of the Olson family and Andrew Wyeth. After visiting his grave, we did a bit of sketching on the front lawn. I didn’t get a chance to finish the drawing while we were there, but I hope to get those windows done soon.
“In the portraits of that house, the windows are eyes or pieces of the soul, almost,” Wyeth said. “To me, each window is a different part of Christina’s life.”