William Christenberry, Artist Whose Muse Was Rural Alabama, Dies At 80
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William Christenberry, Artist Whose Muse Was Rural Alabama, Dies At 80

View Slideshow 1 of 4 Artist William Christenberry at his home in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Christenberry died Monday at the age of 80. It was in 1974 that William Christenberry found the little red house. The photographer and painter, a vital chronicler of rural Alabama, came across the building standing alone among the pine trees, deep in the Talladega National Forest. All he had with him was his tiny, no-frills Brownie camera — a long-cherished gift that "Santa brought my sister and me." "I was just infatuated with it proportionally," Christenberry said during a 2006 interview with All Things Considered . "The fact that they took this artificial brick siding, which you can buy in rolls and staple or tack it up there, and somebody who must’ve had a great sense of humor, or was totally ignorant of what he or she was doing, covered the front door and made it look like a brick door!" Christenberry died Monday at the age of 80, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease, according to his daughter Kate. And among the many pillars of his legacy is the odd, little house that so fascinated him. Though he had moved to Washington, […]

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