Andrew Wyeth

(American, 1917–2009)

13. in the orchard, 1973, copyright: pacific sun by andrew wyeth

Andrew Wyeth

13. In the Orchard, 1973, Copyright: Pacific Sun, 1973

36. asleep, 1973, copyright: pacific sun by andrew wyeth

Andrew Wyeth

36. Asleep, 1973, Copyright: Pacific Sun, 1973

Biography

Timeline

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
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
Brandywine River Museum opens in Chadds Ford, features a constant rotation of Wyeths; retrospective at M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco

Exhibitions

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