Andrew Wyeth /   Andrew Newell Wyeth

United States 1917 - 2009


Andrew Wyeth
Andrew Newell Wyeth
United States
December 4, 2014

Andrew Wyeth was an American realist painter, born in 1917. Primarily working in a regionalist style, he was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.

The youngest of the five children, Andrew was home-tutored because of his fragile health. Wyeth’s father, illustrator and artist N.C. Wyeth was the only teacher that he had. Due to being schooled at home, he led a sheltered, obsessively focused life. Born on July 12, 1917 on Henry Thoreau’s 100th birthday, his father, a fond worshipper of Thoreau’s poetry and philosophy, found this both coincidental and exciting. Andrew started drawing at a young age. By the time he was a teenager, his father brought him into his studio for the only art lessons he ever had. N.C. was an attentive father, fostering each of the children’s interests and talents. Their home bustled with creative activity and competition, which led to successful artistic carriers of all five of them.

Although he was thought of as a realist, Andrew thought of himself as an abstractionist. ‘My people, my objects breathe in a different way. There’s another core – an excitement that’s definitely abstract. My God, when you really begin to peer into something, a simple object, and realize the profound meaning of that thing – if you have an emotion about it, there’s no end. One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.’

Andrew’s love of rural landscapes and his sense of romance are displayed in his most common subjects of matter – land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth maintained this personal style for over seventy years, gravitating to several identifiable landscape subjects and models. His solitary walks were the primary means of inspiration for his images. He developed an extraordinary intimacy with the land and sea and strove for a spiritual understanding based on history and unspoken emotion, typically creating dozens of studies on a subject in pencil or loosely brushed watercolor before executing a finished painting, either in watercolor, drybrush or egg tempera.

He painted his most famous work in 1948, named Christina’s World. This tempera work is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as a part of its permanent collection. Wyeth was inspired by his neighbor, who, crippled from an undiagnosed chronic condition and unable to walk, spent most of her time at home. The image depicts Christina Olson, sprawled on a dry field facing her house in the distance.

Another important work in his oeuvre was a series of 247 studies of the German-born Helga Testorf. Wyeth painted her over the period 1971–85 without the knowledge of either his wife or Helga’s husband. He observed and painted her in intimate detail, making an extensive study of her physical landscape set within Wyeth’s customary landscapes. Portrayed as unsmiling and passive, yet within those limitations, Wyeth manages to convey subtle qualities of character and mood, as he does in many of his best portraits. This extensive study of one subject studied in differing contexts and emotional states is unique in American art.

On January 16, 2009, at the age of 91, Andrew Wyeth died in his sleep in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his children, wife Betsy and granddaughter Victoria.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Andrew Wyeth: Watercolors And TemperasFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2015Andrew Wyeth: Portrait StudiesFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2015SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their AbsenceNational Academy Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2014Andrew Wyeth - Looking Out, Looking InThe National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCSolo
2014Real Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American ArtFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2014Modern AmericaDC Moore Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Her RoomFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2013Wyeth VertigoShelburne Museum, Shelburne, VTGroup
2013Woods, Lovely, Dark, And DeepDC Moore Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013In Pursuit of Strangeness: Wyeth and Westermann in DialogueAckland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NCGroup
2013A Century of American Art: Paintings and Sculpture, 1890-1990James Graham & Sons, New York City, NYGroup
2013American Masters Art of the 19th – 21st centuriesSomerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DEGroup
2013Real surreal The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TXGroup
2012Andrew Wyeth: Pencil Drawings and Watercolor SketchesFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2012Andrew WyethGerald Peters Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012Andrew Wyeth: Summers In Port ClydeWatercolors From The 1930s And Early 1940s -Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2012Andrew Wyeth: Looking BeyondThe Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CTSolo
2012From Private Walls: Pensacola Collects IiiPensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FLGroup
2012Persistence: The Rural in American ArtThe Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Gambier, OHGroup
2011Andrew Wyeth in PerspectivePalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CASolo
2011Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World And The Olson HouseFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2011Andrew Wyeth - Nordiska AkvarellmuseetThe Nordic Watercolour Museum, SkarhamnSolo
2011Something Waits Beneath It—Early Work by Andrew Wyeth, 1939–1969Flint Institute of Arts,Flint, MISolo
2011American Treasures: Masterworks From The Butler Institute Of American ArtBoca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2011The Wyeths: Three Generations Of American Art Bank Of America Merrill Lynch CollectionMona Bismarck American Center for art & culture, ParisGroup
201120th Century American PaintingsAdelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2011Real surrealWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2011Recent Acquisitions, 2006–2011Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, ILGroup
2011Hopper's Contemporaries: Artists in New EnglandBowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, MEGroup
2011Andrew and Jamie WyethBates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, MEGroup
2011MaineSpanierman Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011The Wyeths: America's ArtistsKalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MIGroup
2011American Paintings and Works on PaperAdelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2010Auction for the Farnsworth Art Museum's Andrew Wyeth Memorial EndowmentAdelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYSolo
2010Andrew WyethFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2010Andrew Wyeth: An American LegendThe Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NYSolo
2010The wyeth family: three generations of AmericanDulwich Picture Gallery, LondonSolo
2010Andrew Wyeth - Nordiska AkvarellmuseetThe Nordic Watercolour Museum, SkarhamnSolo
2010Wyeth: An American Legacy, Treasures from the Farnsworth Art MuseumFort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, INSolo
2010The Adventure of Reality International RealismKunsthal Rotterdam, RotterdamGroup
2010Paintbox Leaves: Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to WyethHudson River Museum, Yonkers, NYGroup
2010Realismus - Das Abenteuer der WirklichkeitKunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, MunichGroup
2010American Painting, Sculpture & Works on paperAdelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2010The Wyeths' WyethsFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MEGroup
2010From Homer to Hopper: American Watercolor Masterworks from the Currier Museum of ArtCurrier Museum of Art, Manchester, NHGroup
2010American Moderns on Paper: Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of ArtAmon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2010Realismus - das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit. Courbet - Hopper - GurskyKunsthalle in Emden,EmdenGroup
2010LANDSCAPE GROUP SHOWDavid Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Andrew Wyeth - Winter ExhibitionFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2009Andrew Wyeth: RemembranceSeattle Art Museum, Seattle, WASolo
2009Remembering Andrew WyethPortland Museum of Art, Portland, MESolo
2009A Tribute to Andrew WyethFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2009Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville CollectionGreenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SCSolo
2009Andrew Wyeth : Emotion and CreationAichi Prefectural Museum of Art, NagoyaSolo
2009The Wyeths: Three GenerationsWichita Art Museum WAM, Wichita, KSGroup
2009WYETH: Three Generations of ArtistryKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2009From Nature: Realist Works in MMoCA’s Permanent CollectionMMoCA - The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WIGroup
2009More Than WordsThe Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2009Old Works in New Light: Favorites from the Permanent CollectionReading Public Museum,Reading, PAGroup
2009The Wyeths: Three GenerationsMontclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJGroup
2008Andrew Wyeth - Emotion and CreationBunkamura, TokyoSolo
2008Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville CollectionGreenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SCSolo
2008Selected Works by Gallery ArtistsAlexandre Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Confronting Abstraction: Painting in Maine, 1945-1955Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MEGroup
2008American Idols: Andrew Wyeth and Jasper JohnsGreenville County Museum of Art,Greenville, SCGroup
2008Contemporary Paintings and Sculptures Adelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2008Masters of Watercolor: Andrew Wyeth and His ContemporariesGreenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SCGroup
2007Andrew Wyeth: Watercolors and TemperasFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
2007Andrew Wyeth - Watercolors and DrawingsCincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OHSolo
2007Stone Cold ClassicsGreenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SCGroup
2007Being Where: Looking Into LandscapeUniversity of Maine Museum of Arts - UMMA, Bangor, MEGroup
2007Art is DécorAdelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2007Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American DrawingsArkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, ARGroup
2006The Greenville CollectionGreenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SCSolo
2006Early Work by Andrew Wyeth - 1939 - 1969Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, ARSolo
2006Something waits beneath it - Early Work by Andrew WyethDelaware Art Museum,Wilmington, DESolo
2006Andrew Wyeth: Memory & MagicPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PASolo
2006More than WordsNorman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MAGroup
2006Best in Show: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to TodayMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
20061950 to NowThe Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2006Painting Summer in New EnglandPeabody Essex Museum, Salem, MAGroup
2006Wyeth Family: Three GenerationsAdelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2005Andrew Wyeth - Memory & Magic The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GASolo
2005Andrew Wyeth - American MasterBoca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLSolo
2005An American Story: The Wyeth Family Tradition of ArtMorris Museum of Art, Augusta, GAGroup
2005From Albright to Zinnias - American Works on Paper from the Permanent CollectionDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2005Villa America - American Moderns - 1900–1950Orange County Museum of Art, Newport BeachGroup
2004Andrew Wyeth WatercolorsJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
2004Andrew Wyeth: The Helga PicturesMint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NCSolo
2004Andrew Wyeth - Early WatercolorsCurrier Museum of Art, Manchester, NHSolo
2004West to WesselmannPrinceton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJGroup
2004Spirit of a NationFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2003American WatercolorsBowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, MEGroup
2003Beyond Native Shores: A Widening View of American Art, 1850 to 1975Adelson Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2002The Joan Whitney Payson CollectionColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MEGroup
2002Scenes Of American Life: Treasures From The Smithsonian American Art MuseumThe Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OHGroup
2001Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism in Pennsylvania Painting 1950-2000Erie Art Museum,Erie, PAGroup
2000See the SeaBowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, MEGroup
2000Landscape Drawings from the Armand Hammer CollectionThe National Gallery of Art,Washington, DCGroup
2000Pissarro and Other MastersWorcester Art Museum, Worcester, MAGroup
2000The Joan Whitney Payson CollectionColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MEGroup
1999Andrew Wyeth - Selected Works Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MESolo
1998Wyeth - Three GenerationsSpeed Art Museum, Louisville, KYGroup
1991Philadelphia Juvenilia: The Art of Future PastGalleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1989Andrew Wyeth: Helga PicturesBrooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NYSolo
1987American Drawings and Watercolors of the Twentieth Century: Andrew Wyeth, the Helga PicturesThe National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCSolo
1981Real, Really Real And Super Real: Directions In Contemporary American RealismIndianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, INGroup
1977Andrew Wyeth: Drawings and WatercolorsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NYSolo
1976Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth: Kuerners and OlsonsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NYSolo
1963Andrew Wyeth: An Exhibition Of Watercolors, Temperas And DrawingsUAMA - The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZSolo
1962Andrew Wyeth, temperas, water colors, and drawingsAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYSolo
1947Andrew Wyeth: Water Colors and Tempera PaintingsPennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PASolo