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Jaws, Andrew Wyeth

Inspired By: Various, Andrew Wyeth

Steven Spielberg’s a well-known collector of Norman Rockwell paintings – he and George Lucas loaned their paintings out to an exhibit a few years back – but fewer people know the influence that Andrew Wyeth had on his work. The first half of Jaws, with its formal composition and lengthy shots, shows a direct influence by Wyeth’s muted paintings of his home state of Maine. The artist said he loved Maine “in spite of its scenery. There’s a lot of cornball in that state you have to go through — boats at docks, old fishermen, and shacks with swayback roofs. I hate all that.” Similarly, Spielberg undermined the picture-perfection of Amity and gave it a jagged edge even before Bruce hove into view. Interestingly, the painter’s son Jamie, who’s also in the family business, painted a rather nice scene of a small dog and a Great White’s jawbone. Coincidence? We like to think not.

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1 Nighthawks and The Sting maybe?
When I first saw this picture it reminded me so much of when Hooker (Redford) meets the female assassin posing as a waitress in the cafe. More

Posted by drico on Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:01

2 Rembrandt?
Ah I see. Too close? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:52

3 Rembrandt?
What about Peter Greenaway's 'Nightwatching' based on Rembrandt's painting 'The Night Watch' ? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:51

4 RE:
Clever. Never made that link before :-) More

Posted by DunBirnin on Saturday June 22, 2013, 09:46

5 RE: Lee/Howe
Murray, they were illustrating the same subject matter as the film, so I categorised them with Dali and Spellbound as being too closely involved. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday June 21, 2013, 16:35

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