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Jan 21 2021 - May 09 2021

The Wyeths: Three Generations

For three generations, the Wyeths have created art that captures the imagination and admiration of a wide audience. This exhibition presents more than sixty paintings, drawings, and illustrations by N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth, his son Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. The works—from the early 1900s to the early 2000s—reveal the breadth of the Wyeth family’s creative output and illuminate both common themes within the works and each artist’s individual styles.

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) has long been considered one of the nation’s leading illustrators. In the early 1900s, he studied with illustrator Howard Pyle in Delaware. In 1911, he built a house and studio in nearby Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Later, he shared the studio with his daughters and his son Andrew. The exhibition includes illustrations for books by Robert Louis Stevenson and Washington Irving as well as historical scenes, seascapes and landscapes.

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) remains one of the United States’ most popular artists, and his paintings follow the American Realist tradition, which includes Winslow Homer. He was influenced by the works of Homer, whose watercolor technique he admired, as well as by the art of his father and Howard Pyle’s. While Andrew paints recognizable images, his use of line and space often imbue his works with an underlying abstract quality. The exhibition includes important works from the 1970s and 1980s as well as more recent paintings.

Jamie Wyeth (b.1946), like his father and grandfather, has painted subjects of everyday life, in particular the landscape, animals and people of Pennsylvania and Maine. In contrast to his father—who painted with watercolor, drybrush and tempera—Jamie works in oil and mixed media, creating lush, painterly surfaces. Eighteen paintings represent all periods of his career.

This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program.

On view in the James J. and Louise R. Glasser Galleries, Earl Kai Chann Gallery, and Lois C. Green Gallery

Museum Hours:
Thursday – Sunday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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