Andrew Wyeth  (American, 1917-2009) 

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Andrew Wyeth (American, July 12, 1917–January 16, 2009), a Contemporary Realist painter, was born in Chadds Ford, PA. As an artist, Wyeth specialized in portraiture and interior genres of art. He was the last-born child in his family. During his early childhood, Wyeth was constantly struck by various illnesses. As a result, Wyeth did not get to finish his education, and was instead homeschooled by his father, Newell Convers Wyeth, a popular illustrator at that time. Due to his father''s line of work, Wyeth was surrounded by various forms of art such as literature, story telling, painting, and music. In addition, he learned about props and customs at a young age. His father''s work was featured in various publications such as magazines and calendars, and he was contracted by the National Geographic Society to paint maps. Even though the elder Wyeth used to tutor art students, he did not interfere with his son''s artistic talent until he was in his mid-teens.

Young Wyeth was naturally talented, and his earliest paintings from the age of 12 were remarkable pieces created with pen and ink to make precise, delicate, and elegant monochromatic lines. When he was 15, his father started to instruct him on the basics of painting techniques and draftsmanship. This went on for two years. However, their styles and imagination were very different. While his father preferred to use oils, Wyeth preferred watercolors as a painting medium. As an artist, Wyeth drew inspiration from his picturesque hometown of Chadds Ford, PA, and his summer home in Brandywine Valley Cushing, ME, where he met and married his wife Betsy James. His wife introduced him to the Olson family and their quaint farmstead, which became a major influence in many of his future works. In his early work, Wyeth focused more on color, execution, and brush strokes. Even though he was biased towards the Realism style of painting, his work was largely dominated by the Regionalist style. His father introduced him to an art dealer in New York, NY, named Robert Macbeth, and, with both men agreeing on his potential, Wyeth had his first solo exhibition in 1937. However, Wyeth had to wait over a decade for his first solo museum exhibition, which would be held at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME in 1951. Additionally, his work was recognized in various reputable magazines, such as the Saturday Evening Post, which featured one of his paintings, The Hunter. A few of his notable works include Christina''s World (1948), Maga''s Daughter (1966), and Snow Hill (1989). With the death of his father in October 1945, the artist’s style changed and became more intense and somber. Wyeth fathered two sons with Betsy, and died at the age of 91 after a short illness in 2009.

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Andrew Wyeth, Above the Orchard (First Version)

 

Andrew Wyeth
Above the Orchard (First Version)
1957

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Andrew Wyeth, Branch in the Snow

 

Andrew Wyeth
Branch in the Snow
1980

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Andrew Wyeth, Hoffman's Barn

 

Andrew Wyeth
Hoffman's Barn
1959

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Andrew Wyeth, Jack in The Pulpit

 

Andrew Wyeth
Jack in The Pulpit
1995

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Andrew Wyeth, Lilly Pads

 

Andrew Wyeth
Lilly Pads
1954

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Andrew Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth Orchard

 

Andrew Wyeth
N.C. Wyeth Orchard
1961

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Andrew Wyeth, Study for The Bachelor

 

Andrew Wyeth
Study for The Bachelor
1964

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Andrew Wyeth, The Hatton House

 

Andrew Wyeth
The Hatton House
1967

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Andrew Wyeth, Army Blanket

 

Andrew Wyeth
Army Blanket
1957

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Andrew Wyeth, Study for Buzz Saw (Doug Young's Hook)

 

Andrew Wyeth
Study for Buzz Saw (Doug Young's Hook)
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Andrew Wyeth, Study for Sea-Through

 

Andrew Wyeth
Study for Sea-Through, 1977
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Andrew Wyeth, Along the tail race

 

Andrew Wyeth
Along the tail race, 1959
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1917   Born July 12, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; son of illustrator N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945)
1937   First solo exhibition (of Maine watercolors) at Macbeth Gallery, New York, sells out in two days; appears in ARTnews and Art in America; Macbeth Gallery becomes dealer
1940   Marries Betsy James
2009   Andrew Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness
  Wyeths’ purchase a summer house in Port Clyde, Maine; Andrew will summer and paint here and in Cushing, Maine, throughout his life
  Begins drawing and painting regularly; influenced by father and his student, Peter Hurd
  Studies traditional academic art and collaborates on various illustrations with N.C. Wyeth; sells illustrations to publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons
  Produces a proliferation of watercolors during two summers in Maine; breaks from father’s rigid training; instructed by Hurd, begins using egg tempera; first group exhibition at Philadelphia Art Alliance
  First of multiple solo exhibitions at Doll & Richards, Boston; one-man show at Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH; begins doing a variety of commercial work to supplement income
  Exhibits frequently at Macbeth Gallery and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  Participates in six Corcoran Gallery biennials, Washington D.C.
  Solo exhibition at Macbeth Gallery results in reproduction of work in New York Times; joint exhibition with Peter Hurd at Corcoran Gallery, Washiington D.C.; group exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago; begins using drybrush
  Meets Edward Hopper; appears on cover of American Artist
  Participates in major group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art; paints cover for Saturday Evening Post
  Elected to National Academy of Design; first west coast solo exhibition at E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA, show travels to the Seattle Art Museum; N.C. Wyeth dies
  Elected to the American Watercolor Society, youngest member in organization’s history
  Christina Olsen becomes first of three serial female models; Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchases Christina’s World; group exhibition at Carnegie Institute Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; befriends Lincoln Kirstein
  Becomes youngest member ever elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters; appears in ARTnews; first retrospective organized by Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester NH, and William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, ME, reviewed in Time; joint exhibition with Waldo Pierce at Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston; group exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
  Leaves Macbeth Gallery; M. Knoedler & Co. becomes dealer, prices drastically increase as does popularity with collectors; solo exhibition at Knoedler promptly sells out
  Joint exhibition with Robert Motherwell, Abraham Rattner and Ben Shahn at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; joint exhibition with Louis Bouché, Edward Hopper, Ben Shahn and Charles Sheeler at Worcester Art Museum, MA; Robert Frost purchases a Wyeth; articles in ARTnews and Time
  Portrait of President Eisenhower commissioned for Time cover; Philadelphia Museum of Art buys a Wyeth, highest price ever paid for a living artist’s work
  Retrospective at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; traveling solo exhibition organized by Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; receipt of Presidential Medal of Freedom is subject of Time cover story (first artist to appear on the magazine’s cover); Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine, pay record prices for Wyeths
  Life magazine refers to Wyeth as, “America’s preeminent artist,” in interview replete with twenty pages of reproductions
  Record-setting traveling retrospective organized by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts visits Baltimore Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, and Art Institute of Chicago
  Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art; group exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; begins painting Siri, the second of three serial female models
  Subject of White House’s first one-man show; retrospective at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; newly opened Coe Kerr Gallery Inc., New York, begins representing, also represents son, painter Jamie Wyeth; begins painting Helga Testorf, the third of three serial models
  Brandywine River Museum opens in Chadds Ford, features a constant rotation of Wyeths; retrospective at M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco
  Inducted into the Institut de France Académie des Beaux-Arts
  First living American artist exhibited at Royal Academy of Arts, London; one-man show at Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris; multiple exhibitions including those at San Jose Museum of Art, California, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, and Coe Kerr Gallery
  Traveling solo exhibition organized by National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. results in Art & Antiques, Newsweek and Time cover stories; traveling joint exhibtion with N.C. and Jamie organized by The Brandywine River Museum; controversy over secret series of nudes
  Multiple exhibitions including those at Whitney Museum of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, and ACA Gallery, New York; Coe Kerr Gallery closes, 1992
  Andrew Wyeth Gallery is opened at the Brandywine Museum of Art
  Continues to work and live in Chadds Ford and Cushing, Maine
1976 - 1977   Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and Olsons, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1943   Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art
1941   Exhibits temperas at Macbeth Gallery
1937   First New York show at the Macbeth Gallery