While the pink dress and slim limbs belong to the then year-old Olson, Wyeth used his young wife Betsy as the actual model here, thus fusing Christina's aging and abnormal body with that of a healthy, young one.
It's the difference between a picture that is profound art and just a painting of an object. Wyeth recalled of that time: "Pa kept me almost in a jail, just kept me to himself in my own world, and he wouldn't let anyone in on it.
In the same letter, N. Henriette Wyeth Hurdthe eldest, became a well-known painter of portraits and still lifes. While a seemingly straightforward painting, Christina's World is, in fact, characteristic of Wyeth's version of Magic Realism, which is not fantastical or overtly surrealistic but more subtle and unsettling in its hyper-realism.
Wyeth, though, insisted his work had nothing to do with photography, and upon closer inspection one sees that the objects in the farthest background are painted as delicately and intricately as the crow. Eventually, they invited Wyeth into their house. Bundled in warm clothing, the viewer is left wondering who this boy is and his destination.
Earlier, and for many years, he was more or less systematically ignored by American art officials, although not by critics, because his work seemed so completely removed from mainstream American art.
He was 91 years old.
The viewer doesn't look down on the crow but instead sees it as if his or her face were pressed to the ground, not far from the creature.
She was once quoted say "I am a director and I had the greatest actor in the world. When there was a major exhibition of his work at the Royal Academy inI went to it more than 20 times, and the names and location of every picture were fixed in my mind for years.