Christina’s World is Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 realist masterpiece. The woman in the painting is Anna Christina Olson, who is known to have suffered from polio, which affected her lower body. Wyeth created the painting when he saw her crawling across a field towards his summer home. Olson was 55 at the time Wyeth created the work.
German expressionist painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker, painted this portrait of her close friend and poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, in 1906. Nearly one year later, Paula would pass away suddenly at age 31. The art of both Modersohn-Becker and Rilke lives indefinitely. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.