Jamie Wyeth upcoming retrospective
I know your uncle Jamie is having a retrospective opening at the Museum of Fine Arts In Boston beginning this July. I have also heard that it will travel, thereafter, to the Brandywine in 2015. Can you also tell me the proposed dates of any other venues it may also be traveling to?
Thanks very much, William
ps- I realize there is a separate page for Jamie, but there has not been a post since 2007. Do you also reply to inquiries on that page? Thanks, again...
I am trying to find out where this original work is currently being exhibited. The painting depicts my grandfather-in-law, Raymond Wood. My mother-in-law has been trying to view it recently at the Wyeth Center |Farnsworth At Museum, but the exebition was closed when she made it there. It is not in the exebition currently and was told it is being moved. She has never seen the original and I'd love to let her know where it is now. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Andrew Wyeth signed print with numbers on back
Hi- I have an Andrew Wyeth Marshall Point Lighthouse lithograph, I believe, it is signed lower bottom right and on back it is taped around but looks like 944 and some other writing. I don't know if I should try to take the masking tape off as it is been on there a long time and really stuck on. After the 944 the is a number 1 with a circle around it. I think there is also a name written on the back also half under the tape. The paper looks like canvas. Any info you can help me with? I'd like to know more about it if possible. Thank you, K
Up In The studio
I was given a Wyeth print with a New York Metropolitan museum of art sticker on it. Any info you can give on the value?
I know very little about the price of prints. However, if it is signed by my grandpa and part of a limited edition the value is much much higher.
I have a Schooner Aground copyright by Aaron Ashley, inc. Yonkers, NY 1970
I inherited this piece from my mother's estate and she had always told me this portrait cost her a small fortune. The copyright was well hidden. I took it out of the frame and just noticed the copyright. Is this item worth the $200 frame she kept it in? Thanks for any input/advice
Digital versions of Andy articles
If you are looking for digital versions of articles on my grandfather I would contact Gail (the librarian) at the Brandywine River Museum.
There may be a fee but I'm sure it's minimal.
First of all... Congratulations on your first purchase of a Wyeth. You picked my favorite print.
I think Dr.Syn stopped being reproduced quite a few years ago (obviously you can still find it online.)
Just an outstanding response to my inquiry, Victoria. Thanks so much.
I just currently purchased a Dr. Syn poster. I was curious if there were a certain number of these printed and were there ever actually signed prints done?
I am just in love with Dr, Syn. He is...so far...my first purchase.
Thank you for all information you can share surrounding this piece of art.
I don't know a ton about the life mask painting but let's go over a few things:
It's completed in 1934 so that means my grandfather is 17 and still working in the studio with his father. He has completed the basic anatomy portion of his training and has moved onto still life's.
We can tell its an early work from the color used and the fact that Andy is slowly learning how to paint with a more detailed eye.
N.C. instructed my grandpa to do a variety of still life's (an egg, a pistol, a vase,etc.) so this clearly fits into that category.
The medium, oil, is yet another example of N.C.'s influence over Andy's early work. You see, N.C. loved working in oil and thus many of my grandpas early works are oil. Of course this will all change in 1936 when grandpa is introduced to egg tempera by Pete Hurd (his brother in law).
Finally, as a young woman I remember being dragged to Ann's house (Andy's sister) who had all these wonderful death & life masks hanging on the wall. I assume these were from N.C. but I can't say for sure.
Basically, this painting demonstrates a young man learning to paint his life.
Hope this helps
Great to hear from you!
I remember meeting you! I will give Andy & Diane your best!
Hope you are well
Andy and Diane
Oh, and I met Andy and Diane too, and later Barbara R and Mary F at Brandywine sent me a print of Stop Light signed by Andy B. Say hello from Fergus in Dublin.
A few years ago Barbara in the Brandywine shop told me Victoria would be doing a tour. So I went all the way to see you as it was the first time in 40 years I'd had a 'doorway' for my intense emotional Transatlantic passion for Andrew Wyeth. During the tour, quite moved, I said I'd come all the way from Ireland because you were doing the tour, and you replied b[*][*][*]s[*][*][*]! It was the best part of the whole thing. I've been back to Chadds Ford a few times, and travelled to Maine too to see Olson's. This open conversation is much appreciated.
Andrew Wyeth Paints a Picture
I'm an artists working in the UK and an admirer of your grandfather's work. I've been looking for the article written by Elaine De Kooning in Arts News 1950. It's often quoted in books and I was hoping to find a digital version.
I am interested to know about Andrew' s work: The Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln. Could you provide any information. Did your grandfather use a specific source to paint the mask?
Have a very old "print" I assume that has been passed down a couple of times now and am trying to find out more about it. It is not numbered but is signed by Andrew Wyeth in the lower left corner. On the back there is a protective paper that is sealed to the frame and has a small paper attached to it with a note that says "As I lay on the ground looking up at the oak, a crow went about her business of adding sticks and leaves to her nest. It was so far up she must have known she had no need to worry about me far below. The vine of poison ivy still looked bearded, but everywhere trees were coming into leaf and the woods were full of spring flowers. The oak towered above it all." I have found a picture of it online titled as "The Oak" but seems to be not much info anywhere about it. Any additional info would be much appreciated.
My daughter gave me a framed print "Marsh Hawk" around 1986 (framed in a heavy oak frame reminiscent of that era). It is not signed nor numbered. I'm wondering if this might be a print of the original painting. Thanks !
Snow and stump picture, with golden eyes in background [*]maybe panthers)
I bought a picture . It is signed by Andrew. It is in the snow, with a stump and some grasses in foreground. Looks like golden eyes of 2 cats behind. It is signed and framed. I have many of AW prints, do you know what this is????
Andew Wyeth Sketch Print?
I just bought a print of what looks to be a working sketch of the finished piece "Northern Point". It has a handwritten note that is signed "AW". Did Wyeth ever sign in this way? At the bottom it is signed Jerry 12/77. I assume the edition number. I can't find any info online about this, does anyone know about this edition? Is it worth anything?
Andrew Wyeth 2 oop Cat Nap and Writing Chair
Hello, I have 2 Andrew Wyeth prints the first is "Cat Nap" from William A.Farnsworth Art Museum and Library 1983, I can't find any information on the value ? and the next is "Writing Chair" 1981 New York Graphic Society Ltd. could someone direct me to find their values please ? Thanks so much....
Maiden Voyage response appreciated!
Michael... Thank you so much for your response to Maiden Voyage... Now I can do some research armed with a name. Have a happy holiday! John
Wyeth Holliday Cards
Happy thanksgiving & happy Chanukah. Sitting here with Andy & Diane Bell (Andy posed for "Stop".)
They just told me that the Sanderson Museum in chadds ford, pa is selling a collection of Holliday notecards drawn by my grandfather Andy, uncle Jamie, and great grandpa N.C. "The notecards showcase the heartfelt pen and Ink drawings from years past that ...they sent to their friends during the Holliday season."
VERY COOL !!!!
John - Name Of Print
Hi John - That image is called, "Maiden Voyage" - I know from reading (not first hand) that the boat had a strong connection to Andrew's younger life. There is a poster including it @ The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine.
Unknown name or info about Wyeth print
I recently acquired a very large, framed Andrew Wyeth print that shows a large white, modern sailboat at a dock. Huge evergreens are in the background towering over the boat. There are white canopies and a small dingy on deck... Cannot find info on internet... Any info would be enjoyed ...JB
Name Of Print - Sandra
I believe the image is called, "The Reefer"
name of a print/a. wyeth
Hi,,,I'm not trying to sell I simply want to know if you can tell me the name of the Andrew Wyeth Print with a man on a stairwell in a navy blue coat....I simply can't recall it....thank you....S
andrew wyeth collagraph not signed number 1185 Syracuse University Collecti
I have and unsigned collagraph, unfortunanetly glued to a thick backing 6P3227 copyright Aaron Ashley , Yonkers, NY of Schooner Aground. I was told it is an unsigned print. Does anyone have any information?
Donna, check with Barbara Moore at the Chadds Ford Gallery. She most likely will know.
Victoria, thanks for letting us know about the Merryman book.
Framed Andrew Wyeth Numbered Prints
Is there any demand for framed Andrew Wyeth prints. My brother in law was a huge fan of his artwwork and recently died, leaving 40 some of them that he collected while living near the Brandywine Museumin PA, where they were purchased over the years he lived there. He has five or six of the Helga nudes and numerous other paintings that have to be sold as part of his estate. They are being "appraised" but we have no idea if there is any market for them once this is done. Anyone know?
New Andy Book -
Thank you Victoria for the heads up on this fine new book by Richard Merryman. I'm SO excited - Hello Santa! Mr. Merryman will be signing copies of his book @ Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA -this Friday @ 2pm!
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Please excuse my previous typo (it's early)
NEW ANDY BOOK ??
Richard Merryman just published a new book on my grandfather ! It looks great . It's called "A spoken self portrait" AND it's under $22 and hardcover which is amazing .
"Otherworld" is in a private collection.
I have no idea if book will be available on amazon but I will keep everyone posted .
Who currently ownes/possesses your grandfather's tempera "Otherworld"....Your family, a museum or private collector?
I found something very interesting and need input
I have just found a watercolor, unfinished today. It's very well framed and is that of the "1961 Rolling Thunder" It is signed on the bottom right but it's only a partial drawing without the hat and most of the background. The berry box and cup is not in the same place and there is no book as well. Could this be the quick drawing before he drew in the hat?? Please help me out with this. Thanks :)
Ross Justin Ramsey
another question Victoria
Alright you have peeked my interest. Are you ever in the Dallas, TX area doing any lectures on Andy in the next year. Is this book going to be available thru Amazon or only thru the Greenville County Museum?
Victoria, congratulations on your upcoming book!
Victoria's Photo Book!
I'm SO very excited that you are putting your sincere efforts into your photo book of your amazing grandfather! Thank you!
I have no idea about Andy's catalogue raisonné.
I give lectures all over the U.S. and the world on Andy (banks, corporations, colleges, schools, museums, etc.) As you can imagine , I LOVE LOVE my job.
No plans for a book on my family .
I'm working on a book of my photos of my grandfather which will be published in October, 2014 thru the Greenville County Museum of Art. It should be fun. Photos started in 1993. All black and white
I have no idea how many copies were done of April Wind. However, when I was in college in 2000, one of my buddies bought it at a museum shop for $20 which leads me to believe there were lots and lots of copies (higher price= lower number if prints produced)
What you have appears to be a bookplate (a page removed from a book). Possibly from one of Richard Merryman's large books on my grandfather
I buy paintings and reproductions for the frame so I can refinish the frame and mount my paintings in them. I recently bought a reproduction of Sandspit 93. Behind it was a signature and a watercolor painting. Do you know if your grandfather ever personally framed any of his reproductions or painted on the back of them? I can send you a picture of it if you would like.
After reading your December response to Jeannie Odom, I believe I too have a repro/poster of a pencil drawing for the tempera, " April Wind." It was purchased in the late 1960s. Do you know how many of these were printed?
Ross Justin Ramsey
I will take you up on that Victoria. Again I appreciate your candor about your grandfather's life and work. He gave us glimpses every once in a while, but you seem to have opened us to details that never made the exhibition catalogues. So here is my question to you, I have heard that Betsy is putting together full length book or catalogue of all his works, is this fact or fiction? Thanks again for being such a resource to us. By the way what are doing these days? What keeps you busy?
I love your answers, insightful and fun.
I read Richard Merryman's biography of your grandfather when it first came out, actually I have read it many times.
So any chance you will continue the story of his life where the book left off? Maybe with your stories and insights. Be great reading, I think.
I was recently in Maine admiring Dr.Syn in the museum . As I stood behind a couple I attempted to figure out if they were frightened or confused by the image (or maybe both).
I just giggled and walked away.
I can still remember being at Bates (college) when my phone would ring at 6 am!!! "It's your old bag of bones calling to check on you." Of course who else would call me in wee hours of the morning when it was still dark out.
Old bones I miss you!
for the hell of it
10,000 works, boggles the mind. I have done a lot myself but no where near that many, maybe when I hit 90.
Dr. Syn, yes had to be. What a wonderful, creepy paining, it actually makes me smile when I look at it.
Painting just for the hell of it
"he completed over 10,000 works and you guys haven't seen 1/2 of it" Amazing. My wife and I were at the Brandywine Museum last winter and that show was so powerful, it made me cry.
Painting just for the hell of it
Of course he did paintings for fun!! Just think -- he completed over 10,000 works and you guys haven't seen 1/2 of it.
And remember : he can have strong emotions for something & want to paint it just for the hell of it. I would say Dr.Syn was in that category .
Great questions guys!!!
KEEP IT UP
Andy used a variety of watercolors & to be honest I'm not sure of his favorite type.
The tubes I have seen are squished beyond recognition .
It's my pleasure to answer questions about Andy. Just think of me as your personal Wyeth encyclopedia .
painting just for the fun of it
A question for Victoria.
Those of us who are fans of your grandfather know about the paintings that he did because of the strong connections or emotion that connected him to the subject. He inspires me daily to do the same with my own painting. But, did he do any paintings just for the joy of it, just because it seemed like a good idea? If so can you name a couple?
Thanks Victoria for all the input you provide here. You do us admirers a great service. We can read much about your grandfather but your personal touch is priceless.
Ground Hog Day print
Charlie check with Barbara Moore at the Chadds Ford Gallery, she the expert on Wyeth reproductions
Tools of the Trade, part II
I had the pleasure of taking the Wyeth Studio tour at the Brandywine this weekend (great). I was told by the museum guide that many of the artifacts - brushes and so forth were NOT original to the studio, so personal observation and photos seen on the internet cannot be relied on as those actually used by Mr. Wyeth. (Bummer) LARGE ROLLS and books of Fabriano paper (confirmed by Victoria) were all over the place!
Ground Hod Day print
I have appreciated the works of Andrew and Jamie for many years. I had the opportunity to meet Jamie in the Late seventies. I worked with a fisherman on Monhegan and supplied him once with a porpoise unfortunately caught in our fishing gear. The subject was painted almost within the day and hung on his stairway. The ability passed on through three generations is remarkable. My question is, I recently Purchased a print of "Groundhog day appx. 19"x19". It is still in what appears to be the original frame with matting. It was purchased in an antiques / skultch shop in Ogunquit. I paid $18 for it. What is the appx. value? The frame is in decent shape and the paper seal on the back is 85[%] intact. I hesitate to open it up to find and distinguishing information. I welcome any information.
a question for victoira
Victoria it appears for us AW fans you are one of the best windows we have into your grandfather's technique. Just thru this discussion board we have learned so much about your grandfather's life and art. I just read the other day on here that your dad really liked fabriano watercolor paper, wow. I have been trying to find out stuff like that for years. I appreciate your willingness to feed us little clues to how Andrew painted. May I be so bold to ask what kind of watercolors used? Thanks for allowing your grandfather's life and art to continue to live thru your life.
I found a print of "outpost". How do I know it is authentic? It has an embossed stamp AW. Asking price is 500.00
Storing Up-- print?
I have a 'print'? entitled STORING UP and underneath that is printed (dry brush 271/2 x 21", 1959 collection of Mrs. Andrew Wyeth). Can you tell me anything about this?
Happy Birthday, A.W.
Today is a nice time to reflect on a life well lived!
I'm headed to the fenimore show next week to lecture . I'm glad you enjoyed it!!
It looks really interesting
Tools of the trade
Thanks Victoria for the info about the paper. I was able to find a photo on the internet which was of your Grandfather's studio in Chads Ford which showed brushes and other artifacts. Starting to put together how he used the "tools of the trade" to achieve his masterpieces. Exhibition at the Fenimore is great...whole Family (almost) together .
There are no photos (I can think of) which depict my grandfathers brushes.
He was a HUGE fan of Fabriano cold press paper. The thicker the better. He loved to scratch & pick at his watercolors & drybrush watercolors .
Aaron Ashley prints
Are Andrew Wyeth prints by Aaron Ashley Co desirable? Are they still made today?
Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown
On my way to Baseball Hall of Fame, but if you have time, there is a great museum in Cooperstown,NY. It has exhibition: The Wyeths: A Family Legacy, from May 25, 2013 - September 2, 2013
Barbara J Moore
Dear Earl: Sorry about your divorce, but I would recommend not selling anything of Andy's that is signed, at this time ... unless you really have to. The art market is soft on reproductions now, due to the economy ... the market has been this way for quite a while ... hoping it will break soon ... certainly not the 80's any more ... Andy's original art,signed limited edition giclées and the new giclee limited editions are doing well.
Barbara J. Moore
History of interest in Andrew Wyeth's Work
Is there something I could help you with about the work of Andrew Wyeth?
When you get the chance, do come down and visit the Brandywine River Museum,Chadds Ford, Pa and then come across the street and visit me, at Chadds Ford Gallery .. for another great visit of Wyeth's works visit Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenvill, SC.
Hi9story of interest in Andrew's work
WE have been coming to Maine for 32 yrs. from wherever we have lived. For the past 20 years I have admired and collected prints of Andy's work. We are members of the Farnsworth. We now live in Amherst, MA
Lectures this summer
Will you be doing lectures this summer at the Farnsworth Museum/Wyeth Center?
Dry Brush Technique
First, thank you for being such an advocate for your Grandfather. As do many, I love his work, how he approached is art and his love of art, family and friends.
I am a friend of John and Rose (I believe you know them quite well). I am also a budding watercolor artist who has immersed himself in everything written about Andrew and his life.
My question is in your Grandfathers “dry brush” technique. He once said, that having someone watch him paint would be like having someone watch him have sex…...and I totally understand his feeling here. So…knowing that very few, if anyone watched him paint (Jamie??), is there a photo available, of the brushes he used on a regular basis and any information on the paper types he worked on?
These “remnants” of his work would say so much to me and other artists as to his technique of “dry brush”.
Thank you in advance for your reply.
I have a 20x30 signed print of the Bell Tower that Wyeth painted for a hospital in Maine...Perhaps in the 60's. Could you give me an approximate value of the print?
The bates museum is closed for renovations ! Sorry
Bates College, located in Lewiston, Maine, is showing 3 never before seen drawings by my grandfather. They are a new addition to the museums permanent collection.
Thomas F. Burke
Wyeth Inspired Birdhouses
I had the good fortune to be interviewed by Martha Teichner on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood May19th.I have built 8 birdhouses inspired by buildings in Andrew ,N.C. and Jamie Wyeth paintings. I am very proud that Andrew Wyeth and his wife Betsy James liked my work...Thank you ,Jamie for the kind yours and hope to see you around the ford...tfburke
Andrew Wyeth artwork
I was given framed artwork by Andrew Wyeth years ago and put them in my attic as they were not really my taste in art. I came across them recently and decieded to investigate. On the back is a Sears sticker with a 78+ price tag. Trying to find more information about them. Any help would be great.
Original or what
We found a Andrew Wyeth "The Corner" Pencil Signed behind an old picture and trying to see what it may be worth. Any help would be helpful
Andrew Wyeth Interview
I have a 30 minute interview with Mr. Andrew Wyeth from 1994. He talks about his loves, his life and his work. I was in 4th grade when I did this interview. Mr. Wyeth really opens up and speaks about intimate happenings in his life.
What kind of value does this have?
I picked up a picture 15 years ago(at a thrift shop )of a chair. I recently examined it and saw Andrew Wyeth signature in the lower left corner. I peaked under the bottom edge of the mat board and read "Early October". I can.t tell if it,s a print or what. The mat board company old. Do you have any suggestions for properly authenticating this artwork? It has some age on it.
I will appreciate any advice. Thank you.
four seaons and The White Dory
I have been lucky enough to purchase a full Four Seasons set as well as an additional one with 9 of the 12 pieces. I also have a larger piece titled The White Dory. I have had them all professionally framed with UV glass and acid free matting/paper. I am now worried that I did not have them authenticated prior to framing. Is this a problem? In addition are these items that should be insured and if so how do I go about it? Thankyou in advance for your help.
Barbara J Moore
Colleen Crandell 4/22/13
The Brandywine River Museum forwarded to me your request for information on the three Wyeth pieces you have. I sent the information and I hope you are able to take the artwork to your framer as I suggested. In good condition they are very collectible. Please see my comments 3/29/13 to Regina.
Barbara J Moore
Jenne - Brinton's Mill Foxxing
You may have received the artwork by now; if you did find foxxing on it, please take it to a paper conservator to kill the mold and remove the foxxing stains ... please see my 3/29/13 comments to Regina about "Brinton's Mill".
Andrew Wyeth art work
Call the Chadds Ford Gallery, they should be able to help you put a price on your pictures.
andrew wyeth art work
I have just been handed 3 pieces of art work by Andrew Wyeth
1961 Berry Picker
1961 Early October
1954 Teel's Island
don't know much about art dont know if they are real or replica's
were given to me to use in a silent auction we are doing in 2 weeks what should I do to find their worth?
Dear mark ,
OF COURSE Andy had bad days -- he was a human being!
However, one of the things I miss the most about him is the way he handled life. When he was sad he would go paint . He always taught me that the best work comes from deep emotion .
I remember calling him from graduate school in tears because I felt so stupid. He told me to march my ass to the library and start writing (my thesis). He was right. I took all that emotion and poured in into my work.
I think the only time he truly couldn't paint was at the end of his life. I think it was the saddest moment of my life --- seeing him so pissed because he was too weak to lift the brush.
So in summary , drag your ass outside in the freezing cold when you are most sad & paint something great for my Andy!!
I believe he used a bright green
Hello Victoria I am a young artist that is a huge fan of your grandfather. I have always wondered if he did a monochromatic underpainting for his egg temperas. I think i see yellow ochre beneath the paint layers. Thank you for your time.
There is more than one composition with the name "Brinton's Mill", and of course there are countless works done there. You probably have something from the Four Seasons portfolio but you should take the work to someone knowledgeable who can show you that what you have is a reproduction.
Removing the mat
My only suggestion is to be careful when you remove the mat so you don't rip the print.
You might bring it to a local frame shop & they can help with the removal.
Thank you for your response! One more quick question... I removed the print (which took almost an hour because of all the nails bent over the canvas holding the print) and now I'm feeling questionable about getting the print away from the mat. I can see it came off at one point and time because I can make out a number on the print itself but I can't see what else it says between the print and mat! Any ideas? If the mat wasn't discolored I wouldn't even question it! Thanks again.
April Wind Pencil Repro
Please excuse the delay in my response.
What you have is a reproduction /poster of a pencil drawing for the tempera "April Wind".
I realize it looks super real but trust me on this one. The poster should measure 18.75 x 24.5
It's super confusing because the pencil posters look like original drawings.
Congratulations on your new purchase. You bought a print (my grandmother owns the original).
Feel free to remove it from the frame & enjoy.
A tip: hang it AWAY from sunlight so as to avoid fading
Thanks Victoria! I will keep my eyes on the set ups - happy holidays! Thought about Winter 1946 this morning on the drive to work.
I agree with the post made on 11/8
I agree with Morshuk who wished the BRM would bring back Goose Step for those who would love to see some AW winter scenes. I actually got to tell AW in person how much I liked the painting in 2008.
You are an excellent reader! Both books are correct. Initially, Helga posed for the first versions of Barracoon. Andy then had our friend Betty pose for the final painting.
You see, the first studies were done in the Kuerner attic with the hooks. The painting totally changed when Betty began posing. No more hooks and the model changed races.
There is a great family photo of Michael Jackson and my grandfather staring at the painting. They were both spellbound. Very cool
I want to hear more Dr.Handy stories!! What was she like?
The original of "The Children's Doctor" is owned by the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.
Here is my Dr.Handy story:
I was giving a lecture on my grandpa at a local nursing home. Of course my PowerPoint projector didn't work so there I was with 100 lovely seniors and no images to show them.
I said "to hell with it" and just started going thru my lecture stories with no images. Halfway into my little speech I started talking about Dr.Handy. I realized the average age of the audience was 97 or so and so I asked if anyone had known Dr.Handy.
I ALMOST DIED!! Five, ten, fifteen , twenty hands went up. She pediatrician for everyone's children .
I was quite impressed!
That's amazing Dr. Handy was your doctor!
I've never heard that story and I'm certain I have seen more than 2 photos of that painting . Hmmmm
Dr. Handy was a great family friend. She took wonderful care of daddy and uncle Jamie . Actually , my father wanted to name me Margaret but my mom won the name contest.
I know Dr.Handy only posed for 2 paintings: The Children's Doctor and From the Capes. She always wore her hair up in a hairnet (which is visible in The Children's Doctor.
The Children's Doctor
I have a photograph of a Wyeth painting that I suspect might be "The Children's Doctor." It's signed by both Andrew Wyeth & Mag Handy (Dr. Margaret)along the bottom. Dr. Handy was also my pediatrician & my dad was a physician in Wilm.DE. My parents were very close to Dr. Handy. I always understood that there are no copies of this painting by mutual agreement - but only the 2 photos of the painting - one of which Dr. Handy gave my parents. Can you shed any light on this? Thanks.
747 In Catalog?
Hi William ~
As far as I know, no other catalog or book : ( However, I really think it will come out in the Catalog Raisonne, eventually. I had seen this painting @ The Brandywine years ago - only once. I recall it having a strong impact on me then, as well. To those curious about this great tempera, the 747 is seen in the sky only as the white jet stream which is lingering, going on a diagnol -I think? Victoria would recall/know if the jet is IN the actual painting. Betsy is seen from behind - forefront, cropped mid back - she is wearing a country, (see: The Country) dark umber brown hat - rounded on top. she is walking towards the right side of the Mill house attached to the stone Mill in Chadds Ford (see: Marsh Hawk) The shadows from her hair are seen on her shoulder to back.The top, side window of the house is open, and it shows the blue color on it's interior. The river - a cool blue, winds into the cleared but for some soft trees and a warm glow in the distance, The house is in great detail - especially the texture and aging in the shingles of the roof - the dorm windows. Impeccable masterpiece.
are there other catalogues that this piece (747) has been published in?
is the japanese show catalogue available?
Thanks for the nice comments about the paintings! I find it interesting that the blue in Betsy's shirt changed to a neutral, cream - earthier tone. Yes = the shadows of her hair! SO amazing! - it gets the movement/motion - wind slightly blowing her hair! The BLUE in the window up top! By opening it up (so key) it perfectly took over the blue, which I know is there as it's color, so Andy could take out the blue from the shirt! (and Andy subtle - like when he uses a pop of red) The architecture/texture of the house attached to the Mill is one of his best. The landscape drifting off - subtlety and beauty - a warm afternoon - let my eye calmy drift away with the river winding into the distance. I adore that. I will have to get this catalog one day!
I agree- 747 is great!!
The preliminary drawings & watercolors are also quite nice. Betsy's blouse was blue initially -- which really changed the painting . Also, he had windows on the bottom of the house early on.
I love the shadows of her hair in the final painting.
In terms of Witches Broom-- anything of Ann Call is totally macabre & fantastic. Salem, Beauty Mark , etc.
Happy b-day old bones
Happy 95th birthday Andy!!
Print vs. Book Plate
Most of what people call "Andrew Wyeth prints" are reproductions, not prints.
Wyeth 1997 interview
I agree -- that 1997 interview with my grandfather was priceless!!
You really see how excited he gets when he talks about his work!
The model in the interview is the daughter of very good friends of ours.
The name of the author of "Woven Light" is David Livewell- forgot to include that in my previous post.
For those like me who live in a region of the country not easily accessbile to Chadd's Ford and who would love to see the actual places Mr. Wyeth painted- I found a jewel of a book called "Woven Light." It is filled with beautiful photographs I've never seen such as the remains of Mother Archie's chuch, the Quaker Meetinghouse, and inside the room with the "hooks" where "Karl" was painted. Each photograph is paired with a moving poem describing the emotional connection between Mr. Wyteth and his surroundings- a must see for those who haven't yet made it to the Mecca of Wyeth country, Chadd's Ford. I highly recommend it as a lovely addition to your collection of Wyeth books.
CBS Interview w/Charles Osgood ~
I have it on good 'ole vhs - tape recorded that day. Beautiful! One of the very best. Special also on Jamie that day and Dudley? @ Olson House I believe. Email me.
has anyone seen the interview by charles osgood on benner island? it aired on cbs "sunday morning" in 1997, and won an emmy. at the end of the interview, wyeth lets the camera peak over his shoulder for a bit as he sketches a young model.
Recently, I returned once again to a "local" museum featuring a large collection of Florida watercolors, by a multitude of artists (late 1800's to early to mid 1900's). As I stated in an earlier post, there was an ink wash by AW when he was only 13. As I gave it a closer eye than during my last visit, I noticed an interesting inscription in the lower right corner. The inscription read, "To Peter, Merry Christmas 1939, from Betsy and Andy".
I thought that was pretty cool, since I assume the "Peter" they were referring to was Peter Hurd. Am I correct in that assumption?
Hope you enjoyed your lecture in Palm Beach. Were you speaking at the Norton?
Kuerners & Reflections +
Bill Wolfe - your too kind! I could never hold a match to Victoria's light and insight, but thank you! In fact, it was through a great talk that Victoria gave @ Farnsworth Art Museum years ago about, "Her Room" and the self portrait on the doorknob that Andrew so carefully painted! I find it interesting in a secretive way, that Mr. Wyeth cared to take the time to do these little miniture self portraits - like a secretive signature! I loved his mystery and love of that type of thing. One does not want to let this be a reason to start looking at the magnificant works for this reason alone - it just is an interesting side note. "DoorKnob" - a tempera with the deer outside of the double doors - bell outside, (I have only seen this in a postcard @ Brandywine) has a mini self portrait on the doorknob - I believe Andrew was giving (or Betsy through titles) a nice hint! such a beautiful painting. I love it. Always an innovator in perspective - from where we look - as if we are in Andrew's shoes! Also, the belt buckle on the seat of the jetplane (3 windows w/Betsy sittiing) in "Otherworlds" - he's in the reflecton in the belt buckle that's lying on the seat! Quick story: Years ago, I got engaged at the foot of Kuerner's driveway it was lovely. Fall. Totally surprised my wife to be! A mailwoman drove by right after I proposed and she said, "It looks like something special is happening here" - I said smiling, "Yes it did and you have to tell Mr. Wyeth he's to blame for this!".
Andy did not have students
One last thing, I am in Palm Beach lecturing and I continue to hear from those in the art world that there seem to be several artists (I will be polite and not mention names) who insist on telling their clients, reporters, etc. around the U.S. that Andy was their mentor.
This is crazy. More specifically, it is not true.
A.) Andy NEVER had students.
B.) If Andy didn’t even teach his own son Jamie to paint do you honestly think he would teach a non-family member ???
C.) Common sense: if an artist feels the need to cover his website with quotes about how close he and Andy were, or how important a mentor Andy was in his life.... be suspicious.
Andy in Florida & Drybrush
I think your post(s) are fantastic. Great job researching!
I did not know about that article. Its fantastic.
I did know my grandparents went to Clearwarer, Fla. at one point and he painted some watercolors there.
I get a kick out of the $150 watercolor story. I have met numerous people with similar stories.
Regarding the drybrush question:
The Adams quote is right on. Andy always said: NO RULES NO RULES NO RULES
Meaning: he starts everything loose -- then if he wants more he tightens it up.
I am a huge fan of Mr. Wyeth. I have most of the books of his work. Even so, every so often I come across a painting I've never seen before and it is such a pleasent surprise. I just came across a watercolor called "Liberty Launch" and WOW! Mr. Wyeth's gift of composition just blows me away. The house or building and the ground are somewhat a dark monochromatic which makes the white boat in the foreground explode with a hint of red on its under belly. The shape of the rudder on the boat is so powerfull and pleasing to the eye. Just amazing. And without seeing it, you just know and feel there is a coastline beyond the building. I agree with John and Mark, the seeing more than is there is part of the Magic of Mr. Wyeth's work and why I enjoy going back again and again looking at his paintings. I allways seem to find and feel something new.
Does anyone know where this painting was done?
So many paintings
I agree with what you say about the presence of what is not there. I think that often gives Wyeth's work a sense of more. So many just see the details, the color, or lack of, the subject in any given painting, they do not seem to see what can't be seen.
As a painter myself I know that a viewer looking at one of my paintings is not likely to see or feel what I saw or felt and that is OK, so long as they leave with something. I would rather the viewer walk away angry or hating my work then leave thinking 'Oh well.'
I seldom if ever walk away from a Wyeth with a milk toast feeling. I am greatly inspired by most of what he has created. I must admit there are those works that I do not like, but never do I feel indifferent about his paintings. As you say, 'Andrew Wyeth continues to astound me.'
I know someone who knew Andrew Wyeth and I guess I could have put her on the spot and asked for an introduction, but didn't. So much I would like to have asked him. I now regret it.
Wonderful viewpoint on Groundhog Day. I looked at it with "new eyes" after reading your reflection.
What I an drawn to and continually amazed at is Andrew's ability to paint what is present and not present at the same time. Consider Witching Hour...the flames of the candles are blowing...but from where?...an open door?....an open window?...Is someone walking into this space?....or is it the spirits that occupy this room? The answer is just out of our grasp as it is just out of the frame of the painting itself.
Likewise, consider The Quaker...where is the sun shining in on the floor coming from?....Not the windows depicted...but, from another source, another origin.
There are many others that could be mentioned here. Perhaps you might know different works.
Andrew Wyeth continues to astound me.
All the Best,
SailL Loft / Goodbye,My Love
The 2009 issue of The Island Journal ...The 25 vol. by the Island Insitute...available only in print .Many great prints of paintings by Andrew Wyeth including GOODBYE, MY LOVE.......it,s a very good issue..
Thanks for your comments. I have for some time wondered that perhaps your grandfather used his imagination to enhance or 'push' the painting. A painting based on reality but infused with the artist's imagination, just enough to give the work more then just a copy of the subject. I try to do that with my own work, though I think not as successfuly as Wyeth. I understand hating labels, I feel that way too. I can not place 'Bell Tower', though I am sure I will recognize it when I see it, I will have to look it up. Thanks again for your insight.
Just to be clear- Barracoon & the Bell Tower series were examples of Andy using his imagination in his work.
I should have mentioned ... Betty is African American.
Andy HATED labels. The closest we got to discussing his views on surrealism & magic realism were back in 2005. I put together a PowerPoint presentation on how he utilized his imagination in his work. I picked out 50+ paintings & he told me if I was nuts or on track.
When we spoke about Night Sleeper he told me it was "magic realism". I said, "what's that?" He explained its when you take reality & give it a huge push.
For example, in Baracoon he started with Helga. He didn't like it so he asked our housekeeper Betty Hammond to pose & then painted Helga as a African American nude.
He really played around with the Bell Tower on Southern Island. He painted it as Lord Nelson's ship the H.M.S. Victory.
Great Conversation - Magic Realist
Loved the ideas her Mark & Victoria! I also have always loved "Omen", which I recall reading about - the fact that Andrew saw this girl one day running to the privy - and then to use it years later as a woman running and what an amazing nude - just the fluidity that Andrew captured in such a beautiful pose! sooo striking -and I feel, one of his very best. The beautiful blue & pure white of the comet - the sightings at the time....really is a true blend of real & imagination, but still tied to real life - so it does not get too 'concepty' or too much about the idea. it's rooted in the real.
Grandpa the magic realist
Interesting to think of the surrealist or magic realist aspect of Andys work.
Dr.Syn (Andy's self- portrait)
Christmas Morning (Hannah Sanderson)
No Trespassing (study for Witches's Broom)
Otherworld (Betsy in a jet with Chadds Ford in one window & Benner Island, Maine in the other)
A letter from A.W.
Sorry for the confusion. The print was done by my wifes grandfather, F.W.Weber for Andy. The letter was sent from Mr. Wyeth thanking him for the print. He said he would put the prints with his others and hoped he would send him more. Thats all we know.
A letter from Andrew Wyeth
Hi, We were moving my mother-in-law and we found a letter written to her father, F.W.Weber, by Andrew Wyeth thanking him for a print he had sent him. In the letter Mr.Wyeth says the print has a real feeling for old Philadelphia. The letter was dated July 29, 1943. I was wondering if this print is still around. Any answers would be great.
Mr. Wyeth's Magic
Speaking of "The Vestry", this is a great example of Mr. Wyeth's genious at painting white objects against white objects. In this case, the white wooden bench in front of the white wall. The subtle shadows and doing just enough without over doing it is just amazing to me. Anyone who has tried this in watercolor or any medium knows the magic this man had. Another great example of this is his watercolor "Open and Closed". One of my favorites. Yes, Mr. Wyeth was a master of light and tones.
p.s. I sure wish I knew where I could see his final painting, "Goodbye".
I checked online and the original was sold by Christie’s on 12/4/96. I am unsure as to its current location. When the print was made it was most likely owned by my grandmother (hence the “Collection of Mrs. Andrew Wyeth).
Many of my grandfathers paintings have sections that are more detailed than others. For example, in “Spring Sun” the lamp appears to be rather detailed while the window in Tom Clark’s house is literally the negative space/white paper.
Writings on Andy
The best place to look for critical writings on my grandfather’s work would be museum exhibition catalogues. For example, the “Memory and Magic” catalogue has some lovely essays.
Be a good historian when you read essays about my grandfather. Ask yourself: Who is the author? Are they an art historian or a non-academic writer? How does this color their analysis of Andy’s work? Did they ever interview Andy or are they simply restating what has already been written about a given work?
You asked about "Airborne", "747", "The Carry", "Me" and "Otherworld". “Airborne” and “The Carry” might be mentioned in the Memory and Magic book. “747” I’m not sure about. “Me” and “Otherworld” are relatively new and both in private collections so sadly, I don’t think they have been written about.
The title of "Flour Mill" refers to the mill featured in the painting. It is located on my grandparents property in Chadds Ford.
Regarding the signature question: He didn't always sign his work. Many of his watercolors and pencil drawings are unsigned. However, for the most part, he signed his temperas.
When looking for his signature, it is usually in the corner (upper or lower).
Andrew Wyeth- Flour Mill
I have a signed print of the Flour Mill. What exactly does that mean. Is his signature on all his works?
Evening at Kuerner's
It's great to hear how much you enjoy this painting. Ignore the somber quotes about it.
When I was a little girl, my grandpa would drive me up to the Kuerner house and we would park and sit in the car. He would turn to me and whisper, "I just love it when people are getting ready for bed. The lights go off one by one in the house." I think of this as a portrait of the Kuerner's going to sleep.
Truthfully, Karl didn't pass away till 1976 so to the best of my knowledge he was ill but not super sick at this point. I realize Andy's quotes are rather depressing regarding this piece.
I would focus on the beauty of Chadds Ford in the fall/winter. Look at those beautiful bare trees!! Ohmygod I love it! AND.... don't forget that the window and stream are the pure white of the paper.
I was looking at this painting the other day at my grandma's house. I climbed onto the couch with a magnifying glass and looked at each branch. Incredible. I suggest you do the same with your print.
I am sorry to say that grandpa & I never chatted about Vincent Price & thus I have no information to offer.
As a young man (14-16) Andy studied under his father N.C. Wyeth in N.C.'s studio in Chadds Ford, PA. This studio is now owned by the Brandywine River Museum & is open to public.
My grandparents got married when Andy was 22 & moved into a schoolhouse owned by N.C. in Chadds Ford. Andy lived there with my grandma, dad & uncle. He also painted there & used it as his studio till he died.
In 1958, my grandparents bought property in Chadds Ford & moved to their new place in 1959. It was at this point that the schoolhouse officially became Andy's studio.
The studio will be open to the public in May, 2012 (hopefully).
There are Maine studios but that information is top secret!
If you ask mw about a specific painting I will tell you what studio it was painted in.
location of reproduction series numbers
I just purchased an Andrew Wyeth 'Outpost' print from someone who didn't know who he was for $165.00. It's in the original framing (quite old) by Franklin Framing Company. The backing paper is sealed around the frame edges, with the company label and a brief introduction to Wyeth's work pasted on the back. By its appearance,I would guess it was framed some time the 60's.
If there is a reproduction series number on the print, where would it be? I can't remove the backing without destroying the backing paper, and I hate to do that if I don't have to.
I have a feeling this is authentic, but it would be nice to know for sure. If not, well, I love it anyway.
Also, does anyone know how many prints of that particular picture were made?
Thanks for any help you can offer!
Add On To "After Picking"
Just to add another note to Victoria's great reply, I was thinking that the dark actually & simply brings out the light on the trunk more,; one can see it better but, I'm thinking Mr. Wyeth did not want to lose the beauty in the branches and thus, left it white, too. Like When he 'darts' in with the pencil in his beautiful pencil only 'drawings' and gets that real BLACK to highlight an area of interest/detail. What a gift he was & still is on these walls. He was the reason I picked up a pencil - he was my Hero.
Hmmm.... The brown & green in the center could be many things: light/shadow, an effect to create drama OR it could just be a fun accident.
The tendency (and I am often guilty of this) is to overanalyze things. Sometimes we forget that the simplest explanation is often the best. And, since my wonderful Andy is no longer with us (sniffle sniffle), we have to sit back and shrug and say, "oh well."
Find comfort in knowing Andy is totally thrilled you are looking closely at his work!
Good job! Keep looking!!!
Witching hour was painted in an old Maine school house (now our living room in maine). I was always told the windows were high so the kids couldn't look out!
Off at sea
I promise you that is a man with one heck of a farmers tan. It appears he was once wearing a cut off shirt (hence his tan lines.)
Regarding the witching hour... Not much out there. I've done several posts below about it.
What do you want to know? Ask away?
reply to Victoria on The Vestry and question on Witching Hour
Thank you for your reply. I saaw the work on line and I have copied it to my Andrew Wyeth files. I find it helpful to be able to quickly reference one of Andrew's works when I am reading about him and the article or book references a painting. I have over 400 of his works on file and over 12 books. Though the quality on some of copied files is poor it helps me recall the painting and put the article in better perspective.
I was surprised that the subject of the study is a boy, I would have bet that it was a a young girl. The copy of the painting I copied appears that the subject has "tan lines" from the top of a two piece swim suit. In any event I love the painting and the feelings the painting evokes.
Now I have another question: can you direct me to any reference material or information about the artist's work, "The Witching Hour"? I find the subject matter and the house very compelling. The wainscotting and windows appear to be higher than normal which makes me believe that the interior may have been a building or church rather than a house.
Andy on Japanese TV
So kind of you to answer, especially when you're in Paris. As fitting as it would be to post the video for his 100th birthday, please don't wait that long--for our sakes. We'd love to see it now. You could always put it on DVD for his 100th! The video of Andy painting Thomas Hoving is incredible, and we would love to see him talking with you. Your photos of him that I've seen are incredible. No need to look over pages of interviews. Just do a book of your time together in photos and a few personal words. Only you can do that in that kind of personal and familial way. We'd all we grateful for it!
Andy on Japanese TV
Yes I did interview Andy for Japanese TV. It was his last interview (sniff sniff).
I was planning on going to Japan to lecture on Andy but he got sick and I had to cancel the trip. The video was publicity for my trip and a show.
I havn't decided what to do with the video. I was thinking of posting it on youtube for his 100th bday (only 6 more years).
Its quite cool -- he talks about his technique, subject matter, etc.
If I ever do release it on DVD I promise to do a huge post about it.
Regarding the book.... one day perhaps. Doing a book requires looking at thousands of pages of notes and interviews. I am sure you understand that this is emotionally a bit hard for me. I miss him very much.
There are 2 major portraits of Dr.Handy:
The childrens doctor & From the Capes.
The first is owned by the Brandywine River Museum & is currently on view thru Jan.
Remember: to reproduce any A. Wyeth image you MUST get permission from our family office first.
Ed Brown II
On my way home from Maryland, I stopped by the Museum. Thanks for the preview!
Here I go again. I just recently visited the Farnsworth Museum up in Rockland and again studied in detail Andrew Wyeth technique and was taken back by the almost bright fluid like affect I see in his watercolors. Clearly he is quickly slapping the paint and water on to the hot press paper than allowing it to dry than coming back with all kinds of other random brush marks to create the affect. Does anybody know what specific brand of water color paint he used. I'm convinced it has something to do with his technique. Any takers. Also Victoria would you be interested in allowing me to call you and discuss some of his technique with portraits?
thanks for the forum to discuss the stuff. By the way Betsy was there the day before walking thru the gallery. That is cool she still comes around to the museum.
Barbara J. Moore
"Study for April Wind" , Andrew Wyeth
Dear Mr. Shelton:
The reproduction of "Study for april Wind" was reproduced by Shorewood Publishing Co. and is now out of print. The writing on the lower part of the paper including Andy's signature (a plate signed signature, not hand signed) appears on all of the pieces...the original painting contains all of the information. The other names that you have listed, I cannot tell you about, other than, it refers to the people that framed the reproduction that is now, in your collection.
Yes, Peter deLaFuentes lives in Santa Fe. New Mexico; the grandson of Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth Hurd (the oldest of N. C. Wyeth's children....Henriette, Carolyn, Nathaniel, Ann and Andrew ... they all now, have passed away)
Hope that this information helps.
Barbara J. Moore, Director
Chadds Ford Gallery, Inc.
Radall D. Shelton
Two years ago I found a drawing or print of April Wind. On the back is a stamped name: don reppen and associates interior designers 404 GLENWAY STREET
MADISON,WISCONSIN 53711 Also,there is a sticker with the original price $35 on it from CLIFFORD ART STUDIO,INC. N.Y.C. In the lower right hand corner of the piece is what appears to be hand written words: study for tempera/then the under lined words April Wind/then underneath that the signature: Andrew Wyeth, the e looks like an i. I have looked at this piece of art online and the piece I have seems to be more detailed. What can you tell me about it? Also, is one of Andrew's nephews live in SantsFe,NM and have a studio there?
T. R. Kosharek
Further Writings on Wyeth
I live in Jackson, WY where the Gerald Peters Gallery hosted a small show with the local art association called Andrew Wyeth: A Survey. I am an artist and an art historian and have studied A. Wyeth's work for over a decade now - since I was in high school. I actually gave a lecture on the work on display at the art center and on the locations where Wyeth painted. I was wondering if there is any critical analysis being worked on about Wyeth's work - especially his later pieces - I am thinking 1985 (post Helga) and onwards. These pieces, from what I have been able to put together from auction sites and the 22 different exhibition catalogues and books I own, seem to have a different, more self-reflective quality to them. I am thinking "Airborne", "747", "The Carry", "Me" and "Otherworld". I would even say "Battle Ensign".
Wyeth's best work has the same feeling of life, time and wonderment being examined through specific subject matter that Casper David Friedrich and Vilhelm Hammershoi explored in their work. He is truly one of the greatest American artists for this reason and deserves the critical analysis to cement him in the historical context he deserves.
Andrew Wyeth Racoon Catalog
I'm trying to value an Andrew Wyeth signature with the words Miss Beets With highest regards, Andrew Wyeth on the front of what appears to be a catalog with the "Raccoon" picture on the front At the bottom it says ANDREW WYETH Recent Paintings. It also says under the Raccoon painting, Collection of Mr. and Mrs Harry G. Haskell Jr. This catalog cover is framed and I don't know how something that personal would be valued. Any resource to help with that would certainly be appreciated. Regards Carol Woolf
My grandfather would freak!!
I just snuck into the new Andy show at the Brandywine and it is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!! There are studies for all or the Siri temperas (The Sauna, The Virgin, Seabed, etc.), studies for Roasted Chestnuts, Spring, Raccoon, etc.
I have NEVER in my life seen a show like this. You are missing out if you choose to skip it!
The tempera "Groundhog Day" is owned by the Philadelphia Museum of art.
Andy would often give sketches or paintings as Christmas presents. However, to the best of my knowledge, he would sign his work on the bottom or top corners (usually in pencil because it doesn't fade.)
I have the painting "Groundhog Day." I was wondering if it was true that Andrew would signed the bcak of paintings and give them as Christmas presents. Mine is signed that way.
Andy at Bates & The Brandywine
The Brandywine Museum is about to hang their 40th anniv. show. The paintings by Andy have been seen before.... HOWEVER.... the museum is also showing never before seen studies for many of the paintings. It should be very cool.
Also, I curated a show of Andy's at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Its a very different perspective on his work (more private than usual). Please check it out. It closes in the beginnoing of October
Andy did not have students
Just to clarify: my grandfather NEVER taught any artist. There are several artists who claim to have studied under Andy. This is simply untrue. Andy never even taught his own son Jamie.
I purchased this painting at a thrift store about 15 years ago. There is a small paper placque that reads Dry Brush 21 1/2 x 13 1/3. 1958 collection of Mrs. Andrew Wyeth. There is also a hand written message that reads " to: clay and maryann on November 10, 1972. much happiness in you new and lovely home. may you hang it with the joy we had in giving it to you both. so curious about this piece. We keep it because we love it.
I was looking at the AskArt site and was surprised to see info on Andrew Wyeth, one of my favorite artists. I was in a used book store talking about him and the owner brought out 2 books and a boxed set of 12 prints called Four Seasons. It is complete and has a date c.1962. I wondered if anyone has more information on this group of prints.
I have no problem discussing Andy's technique . Ask away. However, I prefer specific questions!
That is fascinating information. You are correct, I was recently at the Greenville Museum and the lady working there told me to get back. She later came up to me and told me that I must be a watercolor painter. She said you are not the first person I have had to tell that to.
I don't know if there would be much traction on this idea, however taking specific drybrush painting and explaining how andrew did it would be a fascinating concept for a watercolor magazine. There is whole group of artist out there who marvel at his technique. Would you be open to discussing specific paintings that you have information on and share how he did it, or is that out of bounds? Either way thanks again for allowing Andrew to continue living thru you.
don't forget how much Andy loved to use sandpaper on his watercolors. He used it on "The German" - to get texture in the snow, he used it on "Night Shadow" to get more shape to Helga's breasts, he used it on my portrait, "The Only Child", the get the frayed feeling of my denim jacket.
He would also sometimes cut out shapes (bowls, cups, etc) and paste them back onto the painting to made it more 3D.
I suggest going to a museum with a large magnifying glass and taking a good look at his watercolors up close. Just don't get too close or you might piss off the guards!!!!
I know some people are curious about what happened to Willard Snowden. He died in Chatham Acres Nursing Home Chatham, Pa. April 1987 at the age of 60. Willard was my Grand Fathers cousin.
What a great print!! That is my uncle Jamie when he was six years old!! Jamie was going thru his Davy Crockett phase (i.e. the hat). Anyway, Jamie and Andy were out in a field and Jamie lost one of his toy soldiers. Andy, who noticed this pouty look on his son's face, decided to capture the moment. The original is a drybrush watercolor. You should see the detail of the fur on Jamie's hat. Ohmygod its amazing. Let me know what else you want to know.
FYI: VICTORIA WYETH LECTURE
Back by popular demand! International lecturer Victoria Wyeth returns to The Plymouth Center for the Arts with stories of her famous first family of American Art on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 7:30PM. Victoria will discuss and present slides of her grandfather Andrew’s work from the 1980’s, while sharing stories of his process and answering questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be served. Reserve your place for this intimate engagement today to avoid disappointment. Tickets for this event are $20 for members of the Plymouth Art Guild and $25 for non-members and may be purchased at The Plymouth Center for the Arts at 11 North Street, Plymouth, MA or at www.plymouthguild.org Call 508-746-7222 for more information.
Never before seen studies
The Brandywine River Msueum has just rehung my grandfather's gallery. OHMYGOD its amazing. There are numerous NEVER BEFORE SEEN studies of "Omen" and "The Privy".
Ho Ho Ho
Happy Hollidays everyone!!!
Re: Good stories
I dont know of any plans for movies about my family. I think I'll stick to the tours!
Victoria, Mike and Bill,
Yes, great stories. I never get tired of hearing more. Victoria, I wonder if your family knows any trusted filmmakers who could make a documentary about such stories. I watched the Smithsonian show, "A Father and His Family," which featured the five Wyeth children telling memories about N.C. I know if the Wyeth family, neighbors, gas station attendants, Hank's Place employees, fellow artists, etc. told their stories on film it would be fascinating. Has an idea like this ever come up. He was such a character. I remember reading the blog that was set up for memories. There were so many great ones. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks.
My fun Andy story
I find the following story to be extremely amusing and a bit scary:
I was in my late teens (18/19ish) and in Maine for the summer visiting my father Nicky. Andy showed up at 6am just to say hi (early morning visits are a part of being in the Wyeth family) and go for a drive. Mind you I was in college and trying to sleep till noon. So Andy hauled me out of bed to go for a drive. "We need gas!" he exclaimed. So off to Fales' store in Cushing, Maine to get gas we went. Well, lets just say that I was a tiny bit sleepy and not paying attention. I filled his surburban with gas, got into the car, put the car in drive and took off. As I turned around for a second I was rather alarmed to see flames shooting out of the gas pump. I look over and see these adorable blue eyes twinkling at me. "Sweetie, what did you do?" "NOTHING!!!", I exclaimed. Andy was so kind. He jumped out of the car and walked a bit and returned with the gas cap to show me what I had done. After the fire department and police came Andy kindly reprimanded me (I felt about ten) and then offered the following story: "Don't worry Vicker. I did it too in Chadds Ford. Only when I did it I pulled out the gas hose and took off down the highway with it. Just don’t tell your grandmother." Several days went by (I was staying low) and I called Betsy to say hi. She was FURIOUS! “Victoria Browning Wyeth what have you done?” Boy did I get it. Andy of course loved stirring the pot and told this story every time I went into Fales to get gas. Even now (15 years later) when daddy and I go to Fales to get milk Nicky screams out “Hey! Vic is here to get some gas.” The Fales family just stares at me.
Potato Chips and coke at the wyeth house
Great story. George Heebner is still alive and doing well. My grandma still stuffs tons of potato chips and coke into me whenever I visit. Not much has changed in twenty years!
Coke & Chips by Chance w/Andrew & Betsy!
I would first like to thank Victoria for asking us to post fun Andy stories. I am not a friend or acquaintance, but, a fan - I did so gratefully receive 2 letters from Andrew. I'm someone who from the age of 10 yrs. old was deeply moved by the works and mystery and words of Andrew. I often felt that I learned more about painting - some of which I've done, and some I will do, by looking at Andrew's work = seeing how his tempera paintings are built up, at The Brandywine River Museum, has been instrumental in my development as a part time artist.I admire Betsy James Wyeth for her work and architectural touches. Just this past Monday, I looked outside my window and saw the first snow on the ground. Within 3 seconds I thought of Andrew... Back in the 90's, I was driving back from visiting the Brandywine Library & galleries. It was a fine, warm Spring day. I took a drive down to see the Mill, Mr.& Mrs.Wyeth's home, before driving back to CT. I turned down a road near the Mill, and who is sitting on the front steps but Andy & Betsy! I waved through my car window, thought ,"don't bother them" then I thought, but I must say Hi! I recall Andrew saying that, " if you have a love for something -by God, DO IT! don't let the moment go by. You can't pussyfoot around the corner - Oh, I'm not going to say anything." I pulled my car over and walked towards them. "Hi! I just want to take a minute", I said. Andy: "I got your letter." me excited: "OH GREAT!" I told him & Betsy that I was just at the library looking at old magazines & books - and how much I admired his show.He was wearing a nice sportcoat - brown tweed, over a black turtleneck. Mrs. Wyeth then gave me some potato chips! I commented on a beautiful white bell - saying that it looked like the one in "Slight Breeze". Andy said is was similar.I admired his generosity - that he seemed to care. Betsy then got up - she was wearing a lovely long skirt, and I looked at her going into the door. I would swear she was wearing the shoes that she modeled for Christinas' World! or they were very similar. I felt at home with Andrew. I was nervous a bit, but I did not feel like he did not want me there for those few moments.I looked at him - and I can remember all of this -crystal clear. i said, "You know, no one has been able to do what you do." Andy made a slight sound - looked down and he handed me his can of Coke! "Would you like to go over to our Mill?", he asked. "SURE", I said. I made sure it would be ok - and Andy said it would. I thanked him and left, watching him go in the door. I went over to the Mill and was amazed as i walked about. I met wonderful man named George Heebner. George was so kind. He said I looked like Robin Williams! That started a friendship, thanks to Andrew. I got to once bring George & his wife a pie...he was such a kind man. I am very grateful to Mr. & Mrs. Wyeth for the generosity the showed me, and the memories I can cherish this Christmas.
Jack and Marcia Sizer
Horse at the Olson House
What is the story with the horse that tries to get into the Olson house? We were up there in mid-August and saw him walking near the cemetery. Then the docents were warning folks not to let him in the house. Quite funny!
We too are thrilled that you are coming to Kalamazoo in March. We have met you three times on Brandywine Museum tours, and we are looking forward to seeing you again.
Jack and Marcia Sizer,
You said for folks to jump in with any story they might have about Andy, so I'll add mine.
Back in the fall of '72, we went up to Rockland to visit the newly renovated Olson house which had just opened to the public. As an art major in college, I'd been a huge (HUGE)AW fan, so I was really looking looked forward to visiting this famous old farm house in Cushing.
On Saturday morning, just before we headed down there, we stopped at a camera store on Main St. in Rockland so I could get some film. We were the only customers in the place, when a man walked in who reminded me of AW, but I said to myself, Naaa, it couldn't possibly be him. But when the store owner called out, "Hi Andy," I thought, Whoa, maybe it IS!, so I mustered my courage and sheepishly walked over to ask if he, indeed, was Andrew Wyeth.
In what I remember was rather a booming voice he said, "Why, yes, I am - and who are YOU?!", as he enthusiasticlly reached out to shake our hands. (I was very surprised that he seemed so genuinely interested in US!) We must have talked about lots of stuff for almost half an hour.
What an honor, how serendipitous, and what a great treat it was, to have met him that day and gotten to talk about the Olson house - just before we went down to see it. It's a memory I treasure.
(BUT, never in my wildest dreams, Vic, did I ever think Andrew's granddaughter would be friends with our son and daughter-in-law - and be a guest at their wedding! More serendipity and fun! We're sooo glad you came!
Search for a print
My wife and I have had the opportunity to take your tour twice in Rockland, and we traveled down to Chadds Ford to do the same. In fact while waiting in Rockland for the tour you told us of Wasses Hot Dogs.
My wife has an affinity for the work of your grandfather and many of his prints adorn our house. She spent many summers with her grandparents on Hopper's Island - having to raise the onion bag for a ride out tot he island.
Anyway I was wondering with Rockland being so special to her if there was any work your grandfather did which included the lighthouse at Marshall Point.
The burlap sacks totally sound like something my grandfather would have done.I love the story!!!
I urge anyone who has fun stories about Andy to post them!!
My family is rather strict with the reproduction of Andy's work -- in magazines, the internet, books, etc. You all just have to plan more trips to the museum to see the paintings in person!
AW Gallery Change
Thanks for keeping us informed about the gallery changes. So many of us, however, live very far from Chadds Ford. Can you ask the museum to improve their web pages, so that we can see at least thumb nail images of the paintings? Your grandfather's mastery and legacy could be spread so much more. The images could be small and even protected so that they can't be copied. I hope that one day we can see all of Mr. Wyeth's images on the site to give him the exposure he deserves. Many thanks.
The painting "Wolf Rivers" was painted in Maine.
The Berry Picker
"The Berry Picker" is a watercolor study for the tempera "Distant Thunder". The model is my grandmother Betsy James Wyeth. It was painted right near our family farm in Cushing, Maine. Its interesting to note the differences between the study and the final painting (in the study she has a white blouse and not hat on her head). Enjoy!
Jamie Wyeth Video
No, I've seen "Inferno." This was a video Michael mentioned previously on 8/10. Here is his original comment:
A happy summer to you & your fine family. I saw this wonderful 3 min. video on vimeo.com - "A Wyeth Sense Of Place" - on Jamie working on his farm. It's so special & wonderfully intimate. Says it's part of 1/2 program. Do you know if it will be available to see - the whole show? That would be lovely.
Jamie Wyeth Video
Hi Tom. The video is called "Inferno." You can buy it at the Brandywine River Museum (on the phone or in person). 610 388 2700
The Gentle Man
I think the picture you mean is called "That Gentleman".
Small Colored Print +
Look up "Sea Running", by Andrew Wyeth. A masterful tempera painting. The building is on an island in Maine - it's a bell tower. This interesting structure was handled very wonderfully and more zoomed in by Andrew's son, Jamie in the oil painting, "Southern Light" and that is on view right now @ The Wyeth Center in Rockland, Maine.
New show at the Brandywine
For all of you huge Wyeth fans,
YOU MUST MUST MUST come visit the Brandywine Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. We just hung three never before seen studies for "Maga's Daughter" (my grandmother Betsy). The studies demonstrate a technique that Andy sometimes used in his temperas - gridding.
Trust me.... this is a MUST SEE!!!!
One more answer
Sorry but I am not involved with the catalog raisonne. N.C.'s is available. I am always here to answer questions. Love the Wyeth junkie comment.!!!
Andy was SUPER SUPER secretive about revealing what types of watercolors he used. Lets just say he had a HUGE tackle box filled with over a hundred tubes of different kinds of watercolors.
Wind from the Sea
Hi Denise. The painting is called "Wind from the Sea". It was painted on the third floor of the Olson house in Cushing,Maine. I believe it is on view at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. The print is available thru the Brandywine River Museum gift shop 610 388 8326
Paintings of me
I am unsure if he has any work hanging in the White House.
Andy painted me quite a few times. However, they are all in private collections or owned by my family (Betsy, Daddy and myself).
The hat painting "Nicker's Vicker" -- that was such fun posing. That hat was sooooo itchy.
The drybrush watercolor "Faraway" is in a private collection and is not currently on display.
I have no information on "Winter Sunlight."
Prints, reproductions, etc.
Any questions regarding the value of prints, reproductions, etc. should be directed to the Chadds Ford Gallery in Chadds Ford, PA.
Robert Frost, etc.
I have no information on Robert Frost or Michael Jackson.
Regarding President Eisenhower, Andy did a drybrush watercolor on paper of him -- it was on the cover of Time in September 7, 1959. It is owned by the LA County Museum of Art.
The title of Andy's Self-portrait Dr. Syn is taken from the 1937 film "Doctor Syn" starring George Arliss and Margaret Lockwood.
Here is the summary:
"The year is 1800, and the small Kent coastal town of Dymchurch is besieged by government revenue officers, hunting contraband and smugglers. On the surface, Dymchurch is a reputable law abiding community, but in reality the Vicar Dr. Syn is the leader of a smuggling cartel, and the parishioners his followers. In a series of bizarre twists the many secrets held by Dr. Syn are uncovered, as is the secret behind the legend of the infamous pirate Captain Clegg."
Great question. "Dr. Syn" (MY FAVORITE ANDY PAINTING) is a tempera self-portrait of Andy. When I was a little girl Andy always said, "my bones are the most enduring thing about me so why not paint my skeleton as my self-portrait." He got the idea in the hospital after a hip replacement operation.
Whenever Andy wrote to me at college & graduate school he would always sign his letter "xxxxoooo Love, Old Bones" because he KNEW this is my favorite painting.
It is SOOOOO Andy -- right down to the fuzzy velvet slippers that were a gift from our family friend Joe Levine (who bought the Olson house).
Once I was in the museum with Daddy and Andy and this woman was standing next to us looking at the painting. She had no idea that she was standing next next to the Wyeth clan and looked at her friend and gasped, "what a horrrrrrible looking painting." We all burst out laughing and walked away in hysterics. Some people just don't get the painting. However, I am laughing out loud as I type this!
Tfburke is right on about the Bell Tower on Southern Island. I will get back to you on the movie.
Great Andy quote
I just found this online and thought it was fantastic:
The wry world of Wyeth
Retrospective explores magical realism of an American icon
March 26, 2006|By Geoff Gehman Of The Morning Call
"Andrew Wyeth will do absolutely anything to make a picture mysterious and dangerous. If he feels a work is too serene, too safe, he may scrape it with his shirt buttons, or stomp on it, or throw a bucket of water at it. If he feels it lacks fire, he may throw it on the fire.
One day a fellow artist watched Wyeth add another element to his aggressive palette. Rea Redifer was sketching with his friend by the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, Chester County, Wyeth's hometown and one of his two outdoor studios. Redifer was doing what Wyeth does, trying to make every detail hum. At one point he looked up to see Wyeth smear a drawing with a clump of grass and mud. He knew it was just Andy trying to make a piece of paper as primal as nature."
This is such a great quote because it is so true. I have seen Andy step on, squish, rip, scratch, etc. some of the most terrific watercolors he was working on. A good family friend Andy Bell (From the watercolor "Stop") just told me this story:
Andy was painting a bon fire one day (back in the 1970's) and wanted to throw a log in the back of his car -- to study for the painting. He threw it in the car thinking the fire was out. Apparently not. The next morning Andy went to the car and the ENTIRE back of the car has caught on fire and melted. Apparently a few cinders were left in the log. Ooops.
Brushes and Presidents
Good morning Dallas,
Andy used as many as 30 brushes!! Remember: no rules when painting. He likes thin brushes, wide brushes, all sorts of brushes.
U.S. Presidents: Yes Andy corresponded with several presidents.
The catalogue raisonne is a work
in progress, and we have no idea when it will be ready to be published.
I am unsure of any future exhibitions.
My mistake. "Me" is not reproduced in any publications. I was referring to the painting "Sail loft" which was changed to "Goodbye, My Love."
Catalogue and online images
I have no idea when the catalogue raisonne will be published. As you mentioned there are many images that are not available on the internet or in books. We are very careful about reproduction rights -- especially if the paintings are in private collections.
If you want to see "Me" I would call the Brandwine River museum 610 388 2700 and order the Island Institute book -- they will know what you are talking about in the gift shop. It has a fantastic repro of "Me" in it. FYI: we changed the title from "Me" to "Goodbye my love".
For all of you Tom Hoving fans please visit:
This is the man who invented "The Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth."
Questions for the wyeth office
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1.) The painting I mentioned, "Alone", is not reproduced. Sorry. My fault. I should have told you. It is often on display at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa.
2.) No comment on the tombstone. I prefer not to talk about his death.
3.) Andy on poetry- Andy loved anything to do with art - books, sculpture, poetry, film, etc.
4.) My taste in art - Well of course I am a bit biased - I adore Jamie, Andy and N.C.'s work. But I must admit I have a huge fondness for Cave art, Dali, and Magritte.
5.) The "young lady" in "Otherworld" is my beautiful grandmother Betsy James Wyeth. I am so happy you enjoy the painting.
Good morning Dallas,
I always LOVED Norman Rockwell's work (especially the one of the young boy on the edge of a diving board terrified to dive off).
I would not say that Andy did many "overt religious paintings" -- he painted Mother Archie's hundreds of times, numerous Quaker meeting houses, and one FANTASTIC watercolor titled "Alone" which depicts our family friend Mr. Messersmith in a white robe with a crown of thorns on his head. Andy and I always bickered about this painting - he swore it was not religious but I always rolled my eyes when he said that.
P.S. Its great to wonder about things. Keeps the mind fresh!!! Have a great day!
Good morning Dallas,
In a rush so this will be quick. Please come visit me at the Brandywine Museum in Chadds Ford, PA -- we have quite a few lovely portraits of Andy's close friends who were African American.
I TOTALLY agree with you that there should be more shows of African americans by Andy. I also think a show of male nudes done by Andy would also be nice. We shall see. Come visit!!!!
"Sunday Meeting" is a watercolor painted in 1945. It shows the interior of Mother
Archie's Church. The watercolor has the most wonderful old chandelier hanging over the heads of several people sitting in pews.
My grandfather started painting at Mother Archie's as a young boy (16 or so). He was always fascinated by it - the shape, the red roof, the wonderful people inside, etc.
Mother Archie's is no longer holding church services -- basically all that is left is the stone foundation.
Sadly, because Andy is dead, I can't ask him why he was inspired to depict this moment.
I can guess though.... knowing Andy -- he LOVED painting the world around him -- friends, neighbors, houses, etc. Even after Mother Archie's was no longer intact Andy continued to paint it (See "Snow Hill"). I remember he saying to me, "Now Vic I've been painting at Mother Archie's since I was a squirt. It didn’t have to be there in person for me to remember how to paint it."
The painting "Jupiter" is owned by the National Park Service.
According to our records: "Half Bushel" is a watercolor painted in 1959. It is owned by the Joslyn Memorial Art
Museum (Omaha, NE). The painting was done in the N.C. Wyeth orchard in
late fall. It shows a bushel basket partially filled with apples in front of an apple tree. What striking fall colors!!
Prints, reproductions, etc.
I am terrible about answering questions about repros. So, my best advice is to call the Chadds Ford Gallery in Chadds Ford, PA -- ask for Barbara.
I would contact Mary Landa (the curator for my grandather's colelction in Pennsylvania): P.O. Box 155, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 or fax (610) 388-1585.
Andy & his motorcycles
I would have to say the main "motorcycle influence" in my grandpa's life is our neighbor (in Chadds Ford) Andy Bell. My Andy started hanging out with Mr. Bell a LONG LONG time ago. Mr. Bell would go on motorocycle rides with my Andy ALL THE TIME. Lynch also loved motor bikes. I enjoyed the story about Andy driving arund PA in the buff. However, I must say my grandpa was a bit modest but maybe he wanted to let loose. ;)
I believe it was Jimmy Lynch. There is a 1990 work (I believe Tempera) called "Man And The Moon" which features Jimmy. I believe he was also the subject of "Buzzard's Glory"
I love the work that the Wyeths have blessed us with, and have always taken issue with a snobby art community who would actually try to deminish the importance of both NC and Andrew's work by seperating thier endeavors into a seperate catagory. I suppose those same people think Norman Rockwell was not a true artist ether. The true testament to thier art will and shall ever be the love that anyone who sees thier work feels toward it.I get tearful when I view Andrew Wyeths paintings. I know I am not an important art critic but there are few artists that can elicite such a response from me. I only hope that one day I shall be a tenth that good, though I fear it shall never be. God bless the Wyeths, and thank you for gracing us with thier wonderful talents. I almost forgot that I was going to ask a question. I seem to remeber reading in a book published about Andrew Wyeth that he had a fondness for taking motorcycle rides late at night wearing only what he was born wearing, and that on at least one ride was accompanied by someone else of note. But I cannot for the life of me remember who the other person may have been. Please tell me.
How lucky you are to own the print of "Seed Corn". It was painted in 1948 at the Olson House in Cushing, Maine. The original tempera is in a private collection. According to our records it is no longer available as a print.
In terms of the book I dont know what to tell you. Ebay?
Best of luck!
My shock of the day
When I arrived at the Brandywine Museum today for an 11 A.M. private tour I was greeted by two lovely couples who has reserved me for a tour. As we entered the gallery I asked them, "how do you know each other?" I almost fainted when they answered, "oh we met thru askart.com over a year ago. This is the first time we met face to face." I am blown away. I think it is FANTASTIC that this site has allowed total strangers who have a common interest (my grandfather) to become friends. I must also say that I was QUITE impressed with the couples knowledge of Andy's work (titles, dates, etc.)
My grandfather on teaching art
Dear Wyeth fans,
Since my grandfather’s passing, it has come to my attention (during my tours, in books, and on various blogs and websites) that certain individuals are stating that Andy taught them to paint, mentored them, and/or offered artistic instruction. Let me be clear: my grandfather always stated, “art has NO RULES. I don’t teach art or take students because how could I teach something that has no rules.” He would frequently point out that he loathed having other artists in his studio and also was not interested in visiting other artists’ studios. Finally, he always said, “why would I spend time teaching when I could be painting?” There is no question that my grandfather and his artwork have influenced many generations of artists (past, present, and future). However, we must remember that influencing artists is very different than teaching artists.
Lady of the House
The watercolor "Lady of the House" depicts my mother, Jane Wyeth, standing in the doorway of our house in Maine. My mom always loves wearing long white or black nightgowns (she is wearing a white one in the painting). My mother almost always has her hair pulled back into a pony tail (note the BRIGHT RED elastic in her hair). Finally, the painting is so fantastic due to the use of negative space- all of the white is paper!!
So glad you enjoy "Master Bedroom." It was painted in our family house in Cushing, Maine. The dog, Rattler, was our family dog. The Bates bedspread is quite wonderful!
Dear Rick Armstrong,
You could look up the original painting online. If it belongs to a museum, you probably have a reproduction.
The watercolor "Master Bedroom" is in a private collection. It is often on view at the Brandywine River Museum.
"Master Bedroom" - Lab dog on bed
Where is the original Painting located?
The lab in "Master Bedroom" is named Rattler.
Here is some information on the tempera "Outpost" - it was painted at my grandparent's house in Chadds Ford, PA. Actually, Andy was sitting in the trunk of our family car as he painted this. One snowy day (his favorite!!!) he ran to the car to go off and paint. As he started the car he looked in his mirror and saw my grandmother Betsy waiting behind him with her hands on her hips. She was nervous about him going driving in the snow. He said, "How MARVELOUS!!! That feeling of the snow blowing off the roof, in the cracks of the cobblestones, and the snowflakes caught in her hat."
I urge all of you to look even closer at his work. After thirty years of staring at his paintings I still find myself scratching my head in sheer amazement not only at his technical ability but also at his love for life.
Master Bedroom- Andrew Wyeth
Does the LAB in "Master Bedroom" have a name?
The model in the tempera painting, "Outpost", is my grandmother (Andy's wife) Betsy James Wyeth.
Be sure to check out the snow blowing off the roof of the building to the left. It's quite amazing!
According to our records no such painting of the Pocopson Station exists.
My uncle's portrait of JFK is on loan to Vice President. It is owned by the artist.
Tom Hoving's Passing
A wonderful family friend passed away on December 10th - Tom Hoving. I remember meeting Tom as a little girl and being amazed at his height (I was about four feet tall and Tom seemed to be over seven feet tall), his love and passion for my grandfather's work and the fun Tom and Andy would have together (always laughing, telling jokes, and talking about art).
It is difficult for me to put into words how tremendous Tom's contribution is in regards to documenting the history of my grandfather's work . Tom taught me the importance of listing to what the artist had to say about his work. Rather than telling us what art historians thought my grandfather was thinking. Tom knew Andy well enough to understand the importance he placed on stories (how Andy met his models, their long friendships, his deep emotional connection to Cushing, Maine and Chadds Ford, PA)
I saw Tom several years ago with my grandfather in Maine. Andy picked me up from my tour in Maine and said, "Vic jump in the car. We are going for Wasses Hotdogs with Tom." Lunch was filled with marvelous stories about friends and models that had passed. It was a beautiful sight to see my 89 year old grandfather and his longtime friend still raising hell.
On behalf of the Wyeth family I want to say we will miss you Tom – your wit, your humor, and your brilliance.
My grandfather's tempera : "Raccoon" was painted in 1958 (not 1959 as I had stated). Also, Andy often did NUMEROUS studies for his temperas (and watercolors). "The Coon Dog" is a study for "Raccoon." If you are interested in studies you might peek thru "Andrew Wyeth: Master Drawings from the Artist's Collection".
This morning, "CBS Sunday Morning" featured an interview with Jill Biden. During one part of the segment, there was a brief tour of the Vice Presidential mansion. Over the fireplace was the wonderful portrait of JFK by Jamie. It really looked good in that setting. Am I wrong, or is the piece usually in the collection of the Smithsonian?
"The Coon Dog"
I think that the painting you are referring to is a tempera titled "Raccoon". It was painted in 1959 in Chadds Ford, PA. It is currently on display at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford. It was painted in a mill in Chadds Ford that my grandparents later purchased.
Some time ago I was told that Andy did a painting of Pocopson Station along the Brandywine but I could never find any info on it. The old train station is now a veterinary clinic. Being friends with the owners, I would like to obtain more information about this work of art, if it truly exists. Does anybody have any info about this?
The tempera, "The Carry", was painted near Port Clyde, Maine and is in a private collection.
Thomas F. Burke
Goodbye , My Love ...the painting
The builing... sail loft ... in the painting GOODBYE , MY LOVE was in Port Clyde before it was moved to Allen Island . Mr. Wyeth says in Arch.Digest..June 09 ... " When I was 17 or 18,I used it in a number of watercolors. It had a greatness and beauty of the Colonial and Victorian styles. It looked like a Colonial meetinghouse ." I am wondering if those paintings are around.MR Wyeth also states his father painted several pictures of it Do you have any titles of these paintings ?. . I would to see them, Thank you very much . I am Thomas F. Burke
Thomas F. Burke
I don't know anything about the painting titled THE CORNER ,however I do know that The painting THE TENANT FARMER by Andrew Wyeth was given to the Delaware Art Museum by Mr. And Mrs, . William E. Phelps
I just found two recent videos on the web that might interest some of you. Thomas Hoving, the former Director of the Met who has conducted many interviews with Andrew Wyeth over the years, has just released this video. Wyeth painted Hoving's portrait and allowed Hoving to film some of it. It may be the only footage of Wyeth actually painting.
The other video contains an interview with someone who spent a day in Maine with Wyeth. This man was allowed to photograph the artist painting a landscape while sitting on the hood of a car. There are a few great stories in this one as well, although the interviewer gets several facts about Wyeth incorrect. Both offer insights into his working techniques. Enjoy!
You may have read some of the info., but, just in case, their is a wonderful book titled, "Close Friends" w/the Tempera painting of this study on the cover. Mr.Wyeth was 'close friends' w/James Loper, and he did many beautiful studies of him, many which are shown in this book.The location, I believe, was a beautiful section of Chadds Ford, PA, which was then known as Little Africa. Mr. Wyeth would wander over the hill to be his friends, and thus came to doing studies & paintings. It use to be open farm country - and the little villages were there. One lovely story Mr. W was kind enough to share (in this book) was the Easter of '52 when he gave James a chocolate-covered egg which he put under the log. Later, when he (James) reached for it, the egg was covered with ants. Ever so carefully he ate each one saying, "I don't want to kill them, just eat them."
In all this talk about andrew and his art. I was wondering,how is Betsy doing these days. Very little is ever said about her. And I also heard that she was working on cataloge on every work that Andrew Wyeth had ever, is this true or not.
There was a wonderful retrospective in 2005 at the High Museum in Atlanta and the Philadelphia Museum in Pennsylvania titled "Memory and Magic". I would look at the catalogue -- it has many wonderful recent works.
I wonder if the family/museum is planning any kind of retrospective show that would honor Mr.Wyeth's legacy or highlight some of his final works that the public may not have seen. Also, will his studio ever be turned into a part of the museum tour? That would be wonderful.--Peter
I have not seen the painting "The Kueners" at any shows in the past few years. Is it currently in a private collection or in a museum.
thank you ross
Dear Gail, the painting "Winter Fields" is an early tempera painted in 1942. Andy had only been painting in tempera for about six years when he completed the painting . Enjoy!
"Braids" is an amazing portrait of Helga. The painting is done in the medium of tempera and thus when you look at the portrait you can actually see the wool hairs on Helga's sweater. It was completed in Chadds Ford, PA.
The house in the tempera painting "Tenant Farmer" is located in Chadds Ford along Route one.
The watercolor "Crystal Lamp" was painted in Maine in the early 1940's. Hope this helps!!
the Crystal Lamp
Dear Mr. Burke,
I think the original of this watercolor is in the collection of the Hotel duPont, in Wilmington, DE.
The Tenant Farmer
Dear Mr. Burke,
The real house in TENANT FARMER is not exactly on a quiet back road. It's on US Route 1, between Chadds Ford and Kennett Square. It's pretty close to the road, on the south side. It's called the Barnes-Brinton house.
Thomas F. Burke
The TENANT FARMER
I have driven by Kuerner's house and N.C. studio in Chadds Ford.I would like to see the real house in Andrew Wyeth's painting The TENANT FARMER . Do you know the address. I think it's near Kennett Square on a guiet back road. Thank you ,Tom Burke
Dear Mr. Burke,
That is the building in the painting, "Goodbye". The painting is in the latest issue of Island Journal - available from Island Institute in Rockland, Maine. Archipelago: The Island Institute Store sells copies. www.islandinstitute.org or 207-594-9209
GOODBYE the painting by Anrew N. wyeth
I have not seen the painting GOODBYE by Andrew Wyeth. I am wondering what house Mr. Wyeth used as his" model ".If it exist and where it might be located ? Is it the new building....Sail Loft... on Allen Island . There was is a very nice article in Architectual Digest ... June 09 about Betsy James and Andrew Wyeth. Thank you very much for any information on this building in the painting GOODBYE ............
Regarding your question "were the incomplete studies sold as prints" -- it depends. There was a show at Bates College in 2001 titled "Her Room" - the show poster was a study of the tempera "Her Room"., there is a print of a pencil study for "April Wind", etc. I would contact the Chadds Ford Gallery in Chadds Ford, PA. and they can tell you more.
"Berry Picker" is a study for the tempera "Distant Thunder." The woman in the grass sleeping is my grandmother Betsy James Wyeth. The painting started out with my grandmother in a white blouse with rasberries and then he changed the shirt to blue and the berries to blueberries. I believe one of the studies is on view at the study center at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. Regading Andy's studies.... some were almost totally complete while others were incomplete. Remember, the purpose of a study is to help the artist figure out shapes, color, subject matter, etc. and thus is often rather unfinished. That is what is so wonderful about studies.
I am sorry but the Wyeth office does not release any past correspondence between my grandfather and other artists, friends, etc. Sorry I couldn’t help.
Andrew Wyeth and Eric Sloane
I do know that Eric Sloane came to Chadds Ford, and Andrew Wyeth showed him the operating mill wheel he had in the old flour mill on his property.
Andrew Wyeth and Eric Sloane
A friend of ours has a particular interest in the works of artist, Eric Sloane. In his research, he was informed that Mr. Sloane knew your grandfather and they even corresponded on different occasions. Would you or your family have any other knowledge of this relationship. My friend, and I, would be thrilled to learn a bit more.
Andrew Wyeth Technique
As I am sure many of you have figured out my grandfather was not a big fan of discussing his technique. However, I would suggest reading Tom Hoving's classic "The 2 worlds of Andrew Wyeth". Also, there is a lovely DVD that the Brandywine Museum sells (610 388 2700) titled "Breaking Eggs". Andy discusses his tempera process for a bit on the video.
The tempera, "The Country", was painted in 1965 and depicts my grandmother, Betsy James Wyeth, looking out the window in Chadds Ford, Pa.
"Outpost" was painted in 1961
Lady of the House
The model in the watercolor "Lady of the House" is my mother - Jane. It was painted in Cushing, Maine.
The model in the tempera "Outpost" - is my grandmother Betsy James Wyeth.
"The Fortune Teller" is a watercolor done by Andy in 1941.
The Fortune Teller
Dear Jim Lacey,
Re: your 5/04 posting - The Fortune Teller might be a portrait of the artist's sister Carolyn. She wore a hat like that for many years. However, Victoria probably knows for sure.
I was very moved this evening, to quiet tears, as I opened my new issue of Architectural Digest:American Country Houses.June 2009. I thought, hmmm, it's been since 2003 that an article in that issue was keenly done on the Wyeth's. Maybe...well, my instincts were correct! The amazing new article on Betsy & Andrew: "On Allen Island",by Paul Theroux greeted me and totally surprised me! Paige Renses' intro. letter is deeply touching. The article has the kind of strength & newness that coming upon a fresh Andrew Wyeth painting has. Always very, very special & unique - exciting & fresh. Mrs.Wyeth - Thank You. You are always 8 Bells ahead!
I believe the original is in a private collection, however, you can find many reproductions of this famous AW image. The Chadds Ford Gallery can help as well as The Museum Shop @ The Brandywine River Museum (Chadds Ford, PA. Their are also several 'art-print' places which surface online...
Where is thi painting located now? I am doing a Mosaic and need this information for my school project. If anyone has any other information please tell me!(Victoria Wyeth?)
From what little information I can gather Mrs. Wyeth was the model for this painting and it was done in Chadds Ford. If my information is wrong please let me know. I cannot find anything on it in the 7 Wyeth art books I possess. I would also appreciate information as to when the original was painted and if it is still available in print?
The Fortune Teller
I have been an avid collector of Andrew Wyeth for more years than I care to admit. His works hang in every room of my home. However, I have possessed a collograph titled "The Fortune Teller" and for the life of me I cannot find one ounce of information on it. While trying to research the painting I found that copies of the print were still available for purchase. I would love to know when it was painted,who the model was and if the original is in a private collection.
Lady of the House
Barbara...I believe the painting "Lady of the House" is one of Andrew's Maine watercolors. A portrait of his daughter-in-law, Jane standing in the doorway in a sunlit white dress. I think Jane is Nicholas' wife and the mother of Victoria Wyeth who often responds on this discussion board. Forgive me if I am mistaken. I do know that it was painted in 1990 & was in the collection of Frank Fowler in Lookout Mountain, Tenessee.
Does anyone know which types of printing/reproduction (giclees, collotypes) methods were used for A Wyeth's Outpost and what periods were they employed?
correction to my comment below
It was for the Chadds Ford Historical Society. I don't know where my head is sometimes!
Ryan McKenzie, DVM
Thank you for the amazing lecture you gave on your grandfather's life and works for the Chester County Historical Society. Truly wonderful!
Wyeth Motorcycle Painting
The motorcycle painting is a watercolor (2008) titled "Stop". The man on the Harley is a close family friend. The painting is on view at the Brandywine River Museum.
Dear George Courchesne,
The Brandywine River Museum has two prints of Andy's,but not the one you mention. I'll try to find out if it's on another site.
Andy's tacklebox as his paintbox
I was wondering if Ms. Wyeth or anyone else who might be in the know, could solve a puzzle for me. For a long time now I have tried to find out what Mr Wyeth used as a palette in his outdoor watercolor painting? I have seen several photos of him with a battered tacklebox, which I understand would be used to carry paint tubes and brushes. But what exactly did he use for a palette? Simply one of those plastic watercolor palettes, or something grander?
Any information would be most welcome.
Random sketch question
Thanks for the very nice talk you gave tonight Victoria. I was wondering if your grandfather's sketch of you in the hat can be found anywhere on-line. It was never even turned into a painting sadly so perhaps it is just unpublished from the family archives but I wanted to say I enjoyed it and would like a closer look at it. Sorry that this is so esoteric and not about a real painting.
Stephen J. Vattimo
Will Andy's studio( the old school house ) be handed over to the Brandywine Mueum, so people can to tour it ?
Dear Mr. Tom Carney,
I do know that painting to be one Mr. Wyeth's temperas. It is set at The Mill in Chadds Ford, PA and shows the artist's wife, Betsy James looking contently out of the Mill window - the parking garage and landscape behind. Mrs. Wyeth's hat and the feel of this I think led to the title. Interesting and as always, unique view for a portrait. A great painting. I think this is the painting your referring to?
"Spring Fed" was indeed a tempera painting by Mr. Andrew Wyeth. Painted on panel, it is the view from the Kuerner's Farm barn - out towards the courtyard. Mr. Wyeth said he removed one of the windows to give a clear view towards the cattle & the landscape beyond - the snow drifts. The sound of those cattle's hoofs was very intriguing to Mr. W - a certain quality one finds in the country only. The water from the hill - pure. The cup - Mr. Wyeth had said it was some of the best painting in the picture in that cup - "that transparent quality". The trough is like a sarcophagus - the water dripping out - associations which I recall reading and listening to (on video) by Mr. Wyeth. The pail, like a helmut of the knight. It is about sounds: nature running, pouring itself out, the clang of the metal helmut, the crunch of those cattle's hoofs."Life itself, endlessly moving."
It was sad to see Andrew Wyeth's passing but he lived a long, full, satisfying one and left a lot of great art behind. I would like to know if anyone can point out a book or better yet a video of his tecnique and brushes, paints and progression from blank canvas etc. that he did. To those who claimed his work to be like his father, rather illustrative, must not have seen his work in person. It was truly awe inspiring and you never forget it. Thanks for all ya'll do, Roland
DownEast magazine: April issue
There is an article in the latest issue of DownEast magazine. I was hoping for a reproduction of, "Goodbye" and some inspiring insight...however, I was left 'unhappily angered' (nice version here) by Peter Schjeldahl's comments regarding Mr.Wyeth. I do suppose then that the article by Mr. Edgar Allen Beem, was a success in the two sides of the coin comparisons & differnces of the loving public & dishearted critics...I heard Peter Ralston is writing a book, so there is HOPE!
sorry about your grandfather, Victoria
A friend of mine wrote this about your grandfather;
Wow, it's over. I really didn't want this to happen. His breathing soul meant a lot to me. He emblemized the dignity of a man who lives among daydreams and wanderings in a neighborhood that never strayed beyond the boundaries of his youth, yet inspired an imagination that taught him to speak with a paint brush creating rural journeys that few ever get a chance to either give or take.
Andrew Wyeth -A Portfolio of Six Works; Nude Studies
Does anyone have any information concerning this work from Andrew Wyeth: Andrew Wyeth -A Portfolio of Six Works; Nude Studies I received this unbound work from my Grandmothers Estate. The cover has some minor edge tears and age wear, but the six separate prints inside are beautiful and in perfect condition. Is there a value you could put on it? The prints have 1987 on them, one has 1986. Is this when they were painted? I really do appreciate any help.
The gentleman in the watercolor is Mr. Andy Bell. Victoria's dad, Nicholas (Andrew's son) was kind enough to turn to the crowd at The Celebration Day @ Brandywine and introduce Mr. Bell to us! He was wearing the jacket - ponytail. cool stuff - it shows the kind of strength the Wyeths have - for Nicholas to do that in the moment at a very tough time. I believe it was completed in Spring of last year- 2008 - I may have been at Mr. Wyeth's side when he was bringing it to show Betsy...I stopped by early June - about 3:30 thinking maybe I'll catch Mr. W coming home? Sure enough, patience and stubborness paid off - for here came The brown Suburban! - pulls up to a nearby spot near The Mill - I got to give Mr. Wyeth a hug - a quick chat -meanwhile I see the back of the truck is allready opened up & there is white foamboard - I'm thinking, maybe a new watercolor to show Betsy?! I showed & gave Mr. Wyeth a color print of a painting I did - he liked it! "The Quest for the Vernal Pond" - wondrous strange kinda image of a frog going back to it's breeding pond...Spring -Andy said,"You did THAT!" i knew he had to go show his love something new, so I patted his shoulder & went on my way. The following week, I read that the watercolor,"Stop" previewed @ The Brandywine!
I am told the motorcyclist is a friend of the painter (Ted Bell?)He is local biker who often went on painting excursions with Mr W and also maintained and exercised Mr W's cars and vehicles. Thats all I know.
Andrew Wyeth Catalogue Raisonne
I was wondering if there is any information available as to when the Catalogue Raisonne for Mr Wyeth will be published, and if it will be in multi-volumes?
andrew wyeth motorcycle painting
I recently saw a painting of a man on a motorcycle stopped at a hanging red light.Can you tell me anything about this. Is this possibly andrew riding it.It looked like a watercolor. when was it painted.
great question charles,
i have always thought that myself. How did wyeth create such deep glossy mixes of blck and green and browns. It is almost as if they are still wet on the paper. I never thought that maybe he used some higgins ink. That is interesting I might try that.
I once asked Victoria wyeth, if there was any video out there of wyeth showing any techniques and she said she knew of nothing. As you well know, Wyeth distained discussion of technique, but for all the artist out there it wa the elephant in the room. To all non-watercolorist it wasn't a bid deal. Most of his watercolor knowledge went with him. I thought it would have been fascinating for him to recod the process he goes through for one of his drybrush painting. If you hear anything please let me know.
Last Sunday I drove from Damariscotta to Rockland to pay a visit to Mr Wyeth's pictures, and those of his fathert (and brother) as I do every year. His loss is unhappy to all of us and I extend my condolences to his family.
As a painter I have always been curious about the way Mr Wyeth produced such rich, deep darks in his watercolors. Did he use any particular brand of watercolor paint? Did he use Higgins ink with color to deepen the darks?
Technique, of course, is insignificant to the wonderful final resultbut we painters are always curious about such things. Since he was known to order from Huston Tuttle, perhaps he used Winsor and Newton.
I always visit "Eight Bells", his father,s great picture of the house in Port Clyde. As with his sons work, this portrait of a "thing" resonates with deep family feeling and emotion.
As does "Island Farm", NC's
wonderful picture on loan to Bowdoin and shown next to Andrews mystical "Night Hauling".
Mr Wyeth was agreat spirit, master of "life and the afterlife", and i can only imagine how his family must miss him.
impetus for "April Wind"
I don't think this had anything to do with illustration (what is "Jia Jia" - just curious?) I know from the fine book, "Close Friends", that the gentleman in the painting was an early friend of Mr. Wyeth named James Loper from the 'Little Africa' area of Chadds Ford where Mr. Wyeth would roam to to paint & enjoy the company of his friends there. Bill Loper was James' father. The log is painted in a fine watercolor from the same year- 1952. It is also interesting that Mr.Wyeth wrote that he had given James a large, chocolate-covered Easter egg which he had put under this log out of the sun. Later when he reached for it, the egg was covered with ants. Ever so carefully he ate each one saying, "I don't want to kill them, just eat them." Their is a superb (ultra rendered) tempera of James Loper that shows often @ The Brandywine River Museum. The wood texture & farm utensils, Mr. Lopers torn blue jeans & shoes - it is a tribute of mastery unparralled in Tempera painting in America to a dear friend. You must see it.
Wyeths' April Wind
I wanted to know the impetus for Mr. Wyeths' subject matter in April Wind. Was this work done as illustration for "Jia Jia"? Any information would be appreciated. I went to my storage unit and found this. I forgot I had it so I am very interested in any info. Thanks.
I have seen several early temperas that were varnished and I am unsure as to how this handled now.
I would prefer that all questions about my family get posted on askart rather than on my email. Sorry for the delay in the responses but things are a little busy. Will answer everyone's questions by mid-april - I promise.
Thanks John for affirming my post about the Mr. Rogers set painting and my appoligies to Victoria for answering a question directed to her. Forgive me, I am a confessed "Wyeth hound" and collect everything about the family.
Mr. Rogers set painting
Your information about Andrew Nathaniel Wyeth is correct. Thank you!
King Vidor Meets Andrew Wyeth
This a pure, ultra rare GEM of a film. One realizes that after Mr. Wyeth viewed King Vidor's, "The Big Parade" - 180 times! He damn well knew it inside & out. shot in PA @ THE Mill & Kuerners Hill. Beautiful x 100. The twinkle in Mr.& Mrs. Wyeth's eyes as they speak to Mr. Vidor is priceless. The whole key, to Mr. Wyeth, is the subconscious - to find that part of the painting to address - if your lucky. Like in Ralph Cline,"The Patriot" He discusses wonderfully how the Sharpshooter medal became the whole excitement - along of course with the smoke from the cigars - the Argonne Forest bkgd....When Mr. Cline would leave, Andrew would stuff a prop & pin the medal to it to paint it in VERY carefully! It is exact.It's shape of utmost importance. The Hill (Kuerners) is integral not only to the memory of N.C. - but from the scene where the soldier is coming over the hill in The Big Parade - and Andrew & King Vidor comment on how influenced each was! Winter 1946. amazing.
i can't speak to wyeth's works in particular, but some temperas are varnished. the best answer i have to your question is to locate the book, "the practice of tempera painting", by daniel v. thompson, jr. it is a respected book and has a chapter on varnish. you can buy it in paperback from dover publications.
good luck, bill
I hope Victoria or someone else can answer this one. I wonder if Mr. Wyeth varnished his tempera paintings. They don't look it, and I know he liked that dry effect of the paint surface. I wonder if tempera needs any kind of varnshing at all? How was it done in previous centuries? Just curious. Thanks.
Mr. Roger's set painting
The painting is by Andy's nephew Andrew "Nathaniel" Wyeth, not the master Andrew "Newell" Wyeth. I have seen the episode when Andrew Nathaniel was a guest on Mr. Rogers show. Mr. Rogers was given the painting at that time, but I realized this young Wyeth was not the Andrew Wyeth of "CHRISTINA'S WORLD" fame. There is a mention of the nephew painter in the July 1991 issue of National Geographic on the Wyeth family. Jodi,I hope this helps clear any confusion and I think Victoria will agree.
Andrew wyeth painting on Mr. Roger's T.V. show
Dear Victoria, I am teaching a group of homeschooled students and we are studying 'the Wyeth's' this year. I am doing our last class on Andrew and learned that there is a painting done by Andrew that hangs on the T.V. set of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. Do you know the title of that painting?
Jamies-"The Bones of a Whale"
Dear Victoria, I would like to sincerely say, "Thank You" for this discussion board! A new friend of mine David L has just mailed me a copy of this AMAZING painting by Jamie from 2006! I'm so far behind! A magnificant image. Is there any color reproductions of this masterpiece? The hi-top Converse on the young lady are IT! I'm once again awestruck & overjoyed to find new exciting gems thanks to friends connecting and sharing.Please tell Jamie how blown away I am & that I have a 6' space available! Hah!
re: alfred leslie painting
I will e-mail you a pdf I found about Alfred that includes several of the "Killing Cycle" series paintings. I think he worked on it for over 10 years. My favorite is "The Accident". The book is out of print.
Alfred was a very intersting guy with a very diverse background. The pdf covers his entire history, so you will enjoy it.
Thanks for your recent posts. I just read Bo Bartlett's memories of Andy and really enjoyed and understood it. I've followed Bo's work since seeing a show of his at the Pennsylvania Academy about 4 yrs. ago. His piece called, “Painter’s Crossing” is very interesting.
My questions for Jamie are probably a bit trivial to be honest and maybe even dumb. I hope not. They are based on simply curiosity. In any case, I appreciate Victoria's involvement in this site and her very special insights as well as her willingness to share her memories and observations with us. It goes way beyond the call of duty to do so.
Thanks for the link to Amy’s site. Seeing the photo of Jamie painting an oil outdoors, of that size, and on the spot, blows my mind. The best I have done are small watercolors and usually I restrict myself to paintings at my home right outside the studio because I can draw on the spot, retreat inside to paint and return to as needed to complete. What true artists do is so much more, but I suppose we all do the best we can in the best way we can, and with whatever abilities we have. (A quick story….I studied with the artist Alfred Leslie for a couple weeks in 1992, and I recall a story of when he was teaching at Amherst College in 1972 and had the college knock out a large window so he could bring a car into the studio to paint as he taught! He was working on a series of paintings of a friend who had been run over on the beach on Long island. The series is called “The Killing Cycle”, and there is a photo of the vehicle being lifted up in the publication of the same name.)
I know about “the box” and always wondered if it was something he did to give himself privacy (people are always far too curious of artists painting) or to keep the elements out? In Florida, the summer sun is blinding…literally. Then again, I’ve seen photos of other artists painting in the snow as well as the heat of summer (check out Stephen Scott Young’s work online) so I am just being lazy I suppose. Then again, I like painting personal objects, even if they are only shells that have been sitting on my porch for 20 years. I just feel the need to do more work in the landscape before all of Florida is paved.
Thanks again, Bill
Jamie Outdoors Painting...
I always love to read Victoria's replys, but, I just wanted to mention that I saw Jamie (print) painting on Monhegan - lovely photo which were by Amy Toensing - (great shots on her site!) Jamie is using a larger easel set-up for his oil of Kyle. He would also paint in "The Box" which would also have a small easel set-up...so at least I know sometimes he'd use one.
One more question
If this post reaches you before you speak with Jamie, would you please ask him something else I have always wanted to ask an artist of his stature?
When beginning a new work, once he basically knows where he is going with it and what he may want his final “result” to be, does he ever get frustrated in the middle, lose track to some extent, or fret over getting from start to finish? Or, does he just make it work?
re: Outdoor painting process
Your reply is very appreciated and informative. I suspected that Andy probably didn’t use an easel very often if at all when painting watercolors outdoors (since so many of the works are so large), and rather just flopped his paper down where he could and on what he could, and painted away. I wouldn't be surprised to hear Jamie does the same, but when you speak to him ask him how often he also works things up in the studio from color sketches and drawings done outdoors. The thick board is a foam board with a waterproof coating. I also use it, but can't think of the trade name for it right now.
Looking at a large online photo, I see the lines you speak of in “Jack-Be-Nimble”. I wondered what those were before, but it never crossed my mind that it may be corrugation from cardboard. That’s wild.
I remember seeing a study of Willard Snowden done in tempera on cardboard in a show in Jacksonville, Fl. In the early 90’s, and I know Jamie has done studies of Warhol and Nureyev on it as well. Did you know that Edvard Munch’s, “The Scream” is also painted on it? (One of the versions anyway. There are several.) I guess when you are a great artist it doesn’t matter what you paint on, or what you paint with. The greatness still shows through.
Thanks again, Bill
Andrew Wyeth Fog Bell
I am looking for information about the Fog Bell Callotype by Andrew Wyeth. Thank You.
I always prefer doing tours. Besides I am better at talking than writing.
Outdoor painting process
I was just wondering if you could answer a question for me regarding your grandfather's (and Jamie's?) outdoor painting/drawing process? The question has to do with whether or not he ever used any sort of sketching/box easel, or if he just headed out with his paper, paints, and drawing board?
Answer: Andy always said, "Vic there are no rules with art." So to answer the question ... it depends on what he was working on. With Andy - when it came to watercolors he would often throw his Fabriano paper, pencils, and watercolor box in the back seat of the car and take off for the day. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we had to pull over on the side of the road so he could jump out and go sketch or do a watercolor – he would grab a sheet of paper and off he would go.
I have seen him use cardboard as a backing while he was doing watercolors outdoors (if you look at "Jack Be Nimble" (on display at the Brandywine Museum) you can see that Andy used corrugated cardboard as a backing -- when he did a wash the water picked up the corrugation. I also noticed some sort of thick board he would tape the paper to so as to give the paper support while he did his washes, etc.
I just tried calling Jamie but he wasn’t home. I will get back to you on his process.
Victoria, do you have any future plans for a book about you and your grandfather? You would have some stories we have never heard.(Did he hide if someone approached when he was painting?)(What secret disguise would he wear at his exhibits?) Any pics of you two having a good laugh? There are many of us interested! Even more detail stories than you tell at your tours.
Print, Posters, etc.
I agree with Mark -- any questions about prints should be directed to Barbara Moore from the Chadds Ford Gallery. I am sorry I don't always respond to print questions but I am often unsure of the answer.
About Wyeth prints
Check out the Chadds Ford Gallery, Barbara Moore, the director, can answer many of the questions about Wyeth prints.
Quiet, saw it after I posted. The periods are important to read it correctly. Thanks.
Lovely - strong poem you penned. Moving.Just in case you go to print - spelling: their...quiet
I LOVE: The pines did sing as waves crashed on with hands rough and red. I might also try taking out the periods. Just some thoughts that hit me to try to honestly help. Nice work.
The hills stood strong,as the wind did blow.
The air was crisp and cold.
The stones and grass, the trees and lives.
All the stories that you told.
The pines did sing as waves crashed on.
With hands rough and red.
They lived thier lives as you watched.
A part of them you said.
In the winter queit the snow drifts in.
The northern coast awaits.
These places and lives you showed us.
With loving brush and paints.
Oh, GOOD! That's what I wanted.Lil history:I first had the priviledge of viewing this masterpiece @ The NYC Armory Show several years ago. I knew James Graham & Sons (J now shows @ Adelson G. NYC)was having a booth & would be showing Jamie's work.This large painting - it REALLY affected me. I spent an hour - looking at it;close, far...It was in a magazine ad for that gallery. Then It was handsomely reproduced in the gorgous, "Dead Cat Museum" catalog + show. I got to the opening & recall having a moment w/jamie & mentioning the awesomeness of this work. I saw it in Maine,too, in one of Jamie's more recent summer showings @ farnsworth.The triptych,"The Tempest" is reproduced in A Century of Wyeths catalog from Farnsworth Museum, Maine.It is a study for the Wind. email me - I may have an extra catalog...
Jamie's "The Wind"
Ok Michael you have stirred my curiosity.I have searched everywhere for Jamie's "The Wind". Where can I find it?
Jamie's - "The Wind"
I was mesmerized again last night as I found reproduction of "The Wind" by Jamie Wyeth. I know this site is for Andrew, but for anyone who loves the Wyeths and has not seen this painting, you MUST! Rare to have two figures in a single painting. It is a masterpiece. utterly brilliant. Such mastery & visual poetry. The merangue quality of the paint is like icing at points. Thank God for Jamie.
Secret Self Portrait...
Not pretending to be Victoria here, just responding to your interesting question: while the 'doorknob reflected portrits ARE Mr. wyeth, I think the figure in the sloop could be Mr. Wyeth? Or not. The viewer's interpretation, although with the title, it's as if Mrs. Wyeth is shown in representation as an island and as a noble, stoic house sitting majestically on her island as her husband goes off to sea...or to studio...or to chat with Durer.
Dryad and Goodbye
Many thanks for that clarification. That's amazing that he went back 7 years later and painted over the figure. Thanks also for the clarification about the house in "Goodbye." How beautifully fitting! The sloop looks like it contains a figure. Was that another secret self-portrait. The memorial tribute at the museum was astounding. I wonder if the museum knows just how many people paid their respects that day. I've never seen anything like it. I hope it was a bit of comfort to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you all.
Nice to see you on board again!I was worried - and was wondering if anyone would post some interesting discussion material. Thanks for the catalog/Her Room mention. I actually have it (love it & your wonderful photos)
Just opened to that great study.By the way, I sent you a cool card I had made in honor of your grandfather for Celebration Day @ Brandywine. i hope they get it to you.
Memories and Magic
I have idolized your grandfather and his work since the early 70's when I was given my first Wyeth book. Since then it became a tradition that most every Christmas, someone would give me a new Wyeth book. It became known in my family circle to the point that I remember receiving 3 copies of the Helga book one Christmas. Needless to say, I've developed quite a Wyeth library that has brought me so much joy. Most of them are very worn from the multitude of visits I've spent with them. I can only imagine how many people have a similar story as mine. How many lives this one man must have touched.
Any how, this past Christmas I received another treasure for my library. It is book I haven't seen before. It is a collection of pencil studies and I couldn't put it down. Just amazing to to see the preparation he goes through prior to beginning a painting. These drawings are masterpieces in themselves. I noticed one wonderful drawing was of you in one of your grandmother's vintage hats. It's called "Nicker's Vicker". I was curious if he went further with this and did a painting. Also, the author of this book does a wonderful job of informing the reader of your grandfather's unique style and unmatchable genius with composition.
I was lucky enough to go to Atlanta to see his retrospective at the High Museum. When I walked in and realized the extent of the exhibit, a tear came to my eye, then I looked at my wife and shouted "There's Brown Swiss! There's Soaring!" and so on. Seeing each painting was like meeting a celebrity. May the Memories and Magic live on.
i am trying to find out information about an Andrew Wyeth print I own.
This is an edition of 2 and has his full signature. It is in excellent condition.
I do not know how to go about determining the value of this item.
Dryad and Goodbye
Originally the tempera (2000) "Dryad" had Senna Moore in it. However, seven years later Andy changed his mind and took her out. He felt the tree was more mysterious without her in it. He felt by removing her the painting had more of an "earthy quality... more abstract."
Regarding the new tempera, "Goodbye", that is done on our island in Maine.
Thanks for the great posting about the hidden self-portraits. There was one painting of a tree that had been struck by lightning, leaving a sizable hole in it. Inside the black space you can make out some kind of female figure. There's another one of a nude Senna Moore in this tree, but this one looks like a different figure who was painted over.
I hope at some point Victoria or the museum can tell us the significance of the house in the last tempera, "Goodbye." I saw it as well and it was amazingly beautiful. Perhaps someone at the museum might know.
Looking closely at art
You have no idea how much it means to me that you are looking so closely at his art. Andy always taught me to first look up close and then far away. You should call the Bates College bookstore and order the "Her Room Catalogue" from 2001- it has a wonderful study of Andy looking at the viewer from the door knob
I was grateful to attend one of Victoria's excellent and one-of-kind talks/gallery walk thru's @ Farnsworth Museum several summers ago and I found it so very intriging to learn that Mr. Wyeth had painted a mini self portrait on the door knob in, "Her Room". How cool is THAT! So, over time, I'd be on the lookout for other ones - reflections...There is a painting set in Chadds Ford entitled, "Doorknob" (i'm going on memory) - I had only seen a postcard image @ Brandywine giftshop. View from interior out towards double doors - bell outside and a group of deer. Very poetic, natural scene. well there reflected in the 'doorknob' is Mr.Wyeth!. More recently the incredible and completely original masterpiece, "Otherworlds" - there on the seat that Mr. Wyeth would occupy is the seatbelt buckle - and there again is a mini self- portrait! (bottom right of buckle) Fun, creative aspect and very AW. I love it.
reply- Bill W/Goodbye/Maine
Thanks for your nice reply. Glad it helped. This masterpiece (what's not?!) fits so nicely into Mr. Wyeth's late Mainescapes. "Undermined", "The Dock", "Airbourne", "On The Edge"...the skies, light,sea, earthiness...they seem more to me to be visual poems, of course this relates to the personal aspect of Mr. Wyeth's world, yet made universal - yet still we don't know the full story - which keeps it his. Interesting. Amazing how this genious of a man could go to a completely different location, but one that was in his soul & heart and consistently capture the moods there. So interesting in itself.I forgot how large "Christina's World" is! What a masterpiece - the house is not always spoken about - it is one of the best architectural representations in paint - he REALLY cared.It speaks of that strong summer light and 1940's American Painting excellence. Amazing how in the beginning, he stated that it was up on the wall and nobody said much about it!He thought it was mabye a flat tire! Incredible belief in that he earned that painting. No one can capture grasses with that kind of patience and care and - realness -respect, except George "Frolic" Weymouth.
GOODBYE NOW PAINTED
Thanks so much for the description. I went from a blank gessoed panel in my mind to completed tempera with your description. Now I can see it! Hope to see it in person someday. I'm one of those fans that if there is a Wyeth painting I have not seen yet..well it eats away at me. Seems like you are a bit of an Andy Wyeth fan too! I am gonna be sad for a long time...anyway, thanks again. bill-wolfe.com
Goodbye - description/memory
Dear Mr. Wolfe,
I was very priviledged to eagerly attend the day for Mr. Wyeth. The saddest part hit me outside the Museum for on its outside walls were long black, silk type fabric hanging from evergreen arrangements. The best part was seeing Goodbye...a perfect painting.Beautiful poetry - but strongest possible - not sappy in the least. here goes: One saw it from the entry door, so the placement was very thoughtful - my first words without thinking: "Wow"...spoken to the fine lady letting us into the gallery in groups. Aprox.36"hx48"w - white frame (aprox.5") - perfect. An unparralled island/seascape, one sees a large 2 story house - white, sitting right of center - almost mid painting - vacant with some curtains in some windows. Light catches the left side of the house a bit more than the front - so it's like 3/4 profile, mostly front and some leftside.It glows white against the grey sky.it sits stoically atop an island which cuts from into picture rightside almost across to the left side. The house is reflected in the sea which is along the bottom, it ripples in the water which is a most beautiful blue to grey - white ripples and calm waves from a sailboat which has passed the island closely and is exiting the painting on the left - a lone figure - grey and silhoutted is in the boat which resembles somewhat the type in "Below Dover". The island is some of the best organic use of tempera I've seen.Gorgeous use of olive greens, warm greys, dark umbers and then hints of red -just a bit! like warm clay type earth - it makes it sing against the olive/umber/siennas. The sky has mostly tones of grey and then white is in the corner -as if the clouds are breaking there. it is one of the best moods of color in the relected water as it goes from a beautiful blue to grey with perfect blend - so the rawness - naturalness of the island is in contrast to the calm water - the use of white in some cutting angular abstract water against the island...like Moby Dick - The great white whale,rising gloriously, this is a masterpiece of making white work. vacancy.unforgettable.THE most moving piece in the whole show, for me. what a gift.I am grateful that Mrs. Wyeth shared this with us.
I could not attend the memorial show,but I was wondering if a fellow fan out there who saw it could describe or "paint me a visual" of the painting GOODBYE. Wish I could have been there! Thanks,.. BILL WOLFE
The Memorial Show
The Memorial Show for Andrew Wyeth was amazing! To see the line to view Christina's World stretching around and down to the second floor was a symbol of all the lives Andrew touched. And it was worth the wait. An added treat was being able to see his final painting, a Christmas gift to his wife, entitled "Goodbye". An amazing end to an amazing life. Thank you to all who made the show possible.
Andrew Wyeth - limited viewing
Hey y'all... for Wyeth fans, the Brandywine River Museum is doing a memorial viewing of Andrew Wyeth's paintings this weekend. They're gonna have Christina's World as part of the show and apparently the last tempura he painted, which has never been seen by the public, is gonna be up, as well. Brandywine's in Chadds Ford, PA. Enjoy!
Andrew Wyeth Bowl
Does anyone out there have any information on the Wyeth bowl that was produced in conjunction with the Franklin Mint in 1973? I am interested in how many of those were made. It was a one-time thing that Andrew Wyeth participated in. The gals at the BRM gift shop were not familiar with the bowl. It has the apples on it. Who out there knows about this and do you know how I can find out how many were originally made?
Karl Gude's story
What a great story! Thanks for sharing that in this public venue! Now, I think I need to read this book about Parrish by Alma Gilbert! See what sharing can do for everyone? Thanks.
Chance meeting at the Brandywine, and praise for Alma
I find myself writing this because of a delightful coincidence. But first, I'd like to tell a short tale of how I met Andrew Wyeth, whom I have been a huge admirer of all of my life, to the point that my mother would give me books of his or N.C.'s for Christmas when I was still just in high school. I'm painter and commercial illustrator, and I recently left Newsweek for academia after a decade or so as their graphics director.
About 15 years ago, my wife and I traveled from New York to her aunt and uncle's home in West Chester, Pa., for Thanksgiving. They lived just a stone's throw from Wyeth country and a short drive to the Brandywine Museum, and very early Thanksgiving day my mother-in-law, Betsy (aptly named), and I decided to make a quick trip to the Brandywine Museum to see their Christmas exhibit, which had opened that that morning. Except for one or two cars, the parking lot was empty. We'd have the place to ourselves, but we couldn't stay too long because of all the cooking and chores there were to do before dinner.
I headed right down to see the N.C. Wyeth collection while Betsy wandered off somewhere else. As I strolled from painting to painting, I moved slowly because of the two men next to me, who seemed to be in no real hurry to move along. The older one had a great deal to say about each piece and as we moved along I actually felt a tiny bit annoyed at his know-it-all explanations to the younger man about why N.C. did this and why he did that. Finally, I chanced a look over to them to see who this "expert" was on my favorite Illustrator (but yes, Alma, I am a huge fan of Maxfield Parris, whose books I also got for Christmas!...more later) and it was Andrew Wyeth. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Then, when I glanced over at the younger man, my astonishment was complete. It was Jamie Wyeth, whose amazing work was also on display that day, and for the last six or eight paintings I had been listening to Andrew telling his painter son, Jamie, all about his grandfather, N.C.
Being a true New Yorker, I ignored them (New Yorkers pride themselves in leaving celebrities alone) but I regretted SO much that I hadn't been paying any real attention to the things that Andrew had been saying, and I stayed with them for the last couple of paintings before they peeled off, enjoying every word. I spotted Betsy and secretly pointed the two Wyeths out to her and I smiled as her jaw slackened with disbelief. We were the only four people in the whole museum.
Then, the New Yorker in me fled. I felt like a 9 year-old who was in the room with his favorite baseball player and who wanted his autograph so much that his life would be ruined if he couldn't get it. So, I purchased one print of Jamie's (Portrait of Pig) and one of Andrew's (Trodden Weed) and, uncomfortably, approached the two men. They couldn't have been nicer. I apologized for the interruption and asked if they would mind horribly signing their prints. Andrew smiled and said, "Well, I don't normally do this, but hand it over." and Jamie also smiled and said something along the lines of "Happy to" and they each scribbled their names. We shook hands and I wished them a Happy Thanksgiving, and I left the Brandywine floating on a cloud.
The coincidence I mentioned before is that this Christmas my wife, Dorsey, gave me the first Maxfield Parrish book I've received in over 30 years, and this weekend I finally had a chance to sit down and look through all of the beautifully colored images. I quickly found myself riveted by the wonderful storytelling of the author, who knew a tremendous amount about Parrish and his technique, and I nearly finished the entire book before I was pulled away by family needs, never having looked at the author's name.
Tonight, out of curiosity, I ventured into Google land to see if, in these scary economic times, the two signed Wyeth prints might have some value, and I chanced upon this website where I found Alma Gilbert-Smith's riveting story about her chance meeting with "Andy" Wyeth. In the story she is introduced to Andrew as an expert on Maxfield Parrish. I couldn't help but wonder if there might be any sort of chance that the person writing here on this blog might, through some wild coincidence, be the author or my Parrish book. I walked over to the bookshelf, and there it was: Alma M. Gilbert.
Young Fisherman and a Dory
I had the great good fortune to meet Andy on a regular basis in Port Clyde. He and Helga would visit my little take out on a regular basis while I was still open.My question is for Victoria, by the way my deepest condolences. When did your grandfather's print "Young Fisherman and a Dory" go out of print? And what is the time frame of the orginal painting? When was the print first produced? I don't mean the repro that the Branywine is offering. The orginal large print. My husband was friends ith Walt Anderson and this is his favorite painting, I was able to get the print for him one Christmas, no small task.
Thanks in advance for you time & help.
Best wises for you & yours,
Port Clyde, Maine
Superman has left us, leaving only supergirl and his cape. Greatness is not easy to find, I found that in you Mr. Wyeth, to you i perpetually tip my hat, light an internal eternal flame and hope that one day i will unlock the secrets to superman, only to find, i dont want to know his secrets, i want to discover them on my own. To you sir i raise my paintbrush and vow to never put it down. Thank you for the drive and the dedication!!
My siblings and I, 14 in all, have loved and collected Andy's work since we first moved to Delaware 40 years ago. I visited the River Museum yesterday, drawn there, as though we should give some honor to him and his work.
Our sympathy to you, Victoria, and your family as this difficult time. My mothers, and several of my sisters spend hours talking about him yesterday;looking over our many books and stories of his life and the people he painted. We will miss him too.
Andrew Wyeth prints
Is there a particular sigificance to Wyeth prints being signed in the upper left-hand corner?
Thanks very much
I don't have an art question but I wanted to leave a message for Victoria since I see she writes here. I wrote down these thoughts about the Wyeths as soon as I heard Mr. Wyeth died last Friday:
I first heard of Andrew Wyeth during an “Art Goes to School” presentation in elementary school (about 15 years ago, am in my mid-20s now) from an instructor who apparently knew the Wyeths personally to some degree. In fact even though she was supposed to talk about an array of topics everything kept going back to the Wyeths and personal stories. This likely went way over the heads of the elementary school students but I was totally drawn in. She related the whole history of the family and their ties to Chadds Ford, which fascinated me because unlike my classmates I lived minutes from there. From her stories I immediately developed a romanticized notion of the place and the Wyeths who lived there going back to the days of N.C. (and who doesn’t love Treasure Island?!) Things like this really leave an impression at a young age and Chadds Ford and the Wyeth name has always had an almost mythic air about it to me.
Years later when I could drive I learned the Wyeths are buried 5 minutes from my home and made many trips there to find the family plot. It actually was harder than expected but I finally found it on one trip and connected me with these figures from childhood.
I have since graduated college and now work, someone in the office just exclaimed that Andrew Wyeth died. It was sad news to hear because it makes me realize how we are losing the last of the greats and such a powerful local figure. Christina’s World is undoubtedly a masterpiece for the ages. Just a month or two ago I found myself reading a biography of Mr. Wyeth I found through google, along with webpages detailing some of the locations in the area he used to paint such as Mother Archie’s Little Africa and Ring Road.
He was one of those figures I hoped would hang around forever. While I never met you, Andy, you will be missed.
The Walking Stick
Will your grandfather's incredible painting, "The Walking Stick" ever be released for reprint and posters? I saw it at his retrospective in Philly, and was struck by its quality and hidden meanings for us older folk.
Thanks for any information you might have regarding it.
MY UNCLEHAS A PAITING ABOVE HIS SOFA IN HIS HOME, IT IS APPROX. 48" X 36" IN A WOOODEN FRAME, WHICH IS CRISTINA'S WORLD, HOW CAN I DETERMINE IF THIS IS A PRINT OR AN ORIGINAL, IF IT A PRINT, WHAT IS IT'S VALUE?
You are lucky to have met Mr. Wyeth. I have had the privlage of showing at the Chadds Ford Gallery for many years (Mr Wyeth even had a positive remark about one of my paintings some time ago) and often thought of asking the gallery director to introduce me to him but didn't, I neither wanted to put the director in an uncomfortable position, nor did I want to intrude upon Mr. Wyeth, and well, what if I didn't like him or he didn't like me? To late now but I wish I had asked. Thanks for your story.
William Wofford, Jr.
A few brief thoughts
I want to thank Alma Gilbert-Smith for sharing that wonderful, and very revealing story. I've no doubt that there are many more that many others have along the same lines. Andrew Wyeth was a true original in so many ways, and so interesting on so many levels. His ability to relate to the wealthiest of the wealthy and the poorest of the poor on the same level was very special.
There are two quick things I would wish to say. First, Andy was such a lucky man to have found the right partner, and we are all fortunate for what both he and Betsy did as a team. I believe she brought out his potential to the best degree possible. Secondly, when one looks at Wyeth's work, remember his statement. "One's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes". Those words capture his passion for both life and his art.
Thank You, Andy.
PERSONAL GLIMPSES OF A QUIET AMERICAN GENIUS
I am mourning the passing of one of the most important American
artists of the 20th century. Recollections of how Andrew Wyeth influenced the course of my professional life need to be noted and gratefully remembered.
My first meeting with the man that was to influence my professional life to a large degree, was not an auspicious one. I was approached by Jim Duff, director of the Brandywine Museum in 1974 and asked that my California gallery, La Galeria, lend several Maxfield Parrish originals to an important retrospective of his work to be held in Chadds Ford, PA. I was also asked by Mr. Duff to give some remarks on the popularity of Parrish paintings in the West Coast.
During the reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Weymouth, Brandywine Museum trustees, Mr. Duff took me around and introduced me as one of his exhibit speakers to several of the lenders to the Parrish exhibition. Among the many people to which I was introduced, was a quiet gentleman, small in stature, wearing a starched Nehru jacket and quietly sipping a glass of champagne away from the main part of the assembled guests. My introduction was brief:
“Alma, this is Andy. He is one of our lenders and would like to ask you something about one of his Parrish oils”.
Mr. Duff’s introduction to “Andy” was just as casual:
“Andy, Alma is one of our speakers this evening. She has loaned several Parrish originals and is considered the Parrish authority.”
With this brief introduction, Jim Duff left me alone with the gentleman who made some brief inquiries about a Parrish Collier’s cover oil titled: The Artist: Sex Male. In retrospect, that should have given me a clue as to the identity of the “Andy”. I confess, it did not and I had no clue who the lender might be. I answered his query and before drifting away to join other guests, I had a query of my own.
“Andy, the Weymouths have the most spectacular collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolors I’ve ever seen in a private home. I just saw a watercolor which I had never seen before and would love it if they allowed me to photograph it.”
Evidencing a spark of interest in me for the first time, my fellow guest inquired,
“So, besides Maxfield Parrish, do you also like Wyeth?
With my next words I almost spoiled my budding career as an aspiring major art dealer by retorting tartly,
“Not nearly as much as Parrish, of course, but I do think Mr. Wyeth’s works possess a quiet beauty and technical brilliance of usage of both water color and tempera.”
Andy seemed to nod his tacit agreement, nodded and had turned to depart and then, over his shoulder he remarked
“Sure, go ahead. Photograph anything you like!”
I was shocked and indignant that a guest would be so cavalier about his host’s possessions and responded
“I don’t think so, Andy! What if someone taps me on the shoulder and asks what I’m doing?”
“Weeeell, (he dragged the word out) you could tell them that ANDREW WYETH said it was O.K. to photograph his paintings”, and then with a wicked grin continued seeing my shocked look at the revelation of my horrible faux pas, he rubbed it in…“Even though he’s not NEARLY as good as Maxfield Parrish!”
With that, he walked away and left me rooted on the spot mortified and stage struck that I had actually been conversing with ANDREW WYETH. Then to make matters worse, “Andy” sat in the front row and made faces at me while I attempted to deliver what I thought was a well crafted introduction to the exhibition we were going to be seeing and the impact Parrish originals had in the West Coast in my gallery.
Towards the end of the reception to the lenders, I sheepishly walked back to “Andy” and said
“Mr. Wyeth, I apologize. I did not know I was speaking to you. It never occurred to me that I would ever meet you at a social gathering.”
The artist smiled and put me at ease by saying,
“Don’t worry about it! When Jim Duff you brought you over and introduced you as the AUTHORITY on Maxfield Parrish, I asked myself, how could she be an authority? She’s just a little kid!” (I was in my mid-thirties but small and slender in those days).
Mrs. Weymouth, my hostess approached us and said
“UNCLE Andy, now that you met Alma and she’s so successful with Parrish, how about a Wyeth show in her West Coast gallery?”
How about it, indeed! Not a chance in a million I thought when Wyeth interrupted by twinkling at me
“Even though I’m not NEARLY as good as Mr. Parrish?” I nodded dumbly.
“Have your people talk to my people and we’ll see if we can work it out”. With this, Wyeth walked away and a few months later after making preparations with Bank of America to help me finance the exhibit, Andrew Wyeth held his first major west coast exhibit in my California gallery.
In the course of several years, I held various Wyeth exhibits including not only Andrew’s work, but also his father’s N. C. Wyeth, his son, Jamie and his sister Henriette Wyeth. Among the great pieces that were acquired and exhibited by me was the only Wyeth nude that I had ever seen by the artist. Little did I know that a few years later, the rest of the collection of the Helga Testorff nudes were to be revealed and unveiled to the world. I had the pleasure to show the first one of the series, titled Winfield. I also was allowed to exhibit Combers, the work Wyeth had done to celebrate the Bi-Centennial of the United States.
Andrew and Jamie Wyeth were very supportive of my work and what I was doing with Parrish. They bought all my books (Helga Testorff also called and ordered my book on the love story between Parrish and his model, Sue Lewin). I never cashed their checks or credit card receipts and kept them for the signatures and the joy of knowing they liked and collected what I wrote on Parrish. The only fan letter I’ve ever framed is the one sent to me by Andrew saying: “I love your Parrish books!”
In 2000, Andrew Wyeth, was instrumental in helping fund the restoration of the Du Pont Mural which I owned and which is on long term loan at the Cornish Colony Museum in Windsor, Vermont. He asked Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner, who teaches conservation and restoration at Delaware University if she thought the Du Pont Mural could be restored. He promised to help fund the restoration of this important Parrish if she could find it. Dr. Stoner found that I still owned it. Together with Mr. Wyeth’s assistance, as well as a grant from Save America’s Treasures and monthly stipend from my poor wallet, the mural was restored over a period of four years and is now one of the important centerpieces of the Cornish Colony Museum.
For this, and for his quiet humor and gentle ways, I will always revere and never forget him! Andrew Wyeth will always be remembered as a quintessential essence of what true American art represents.
Cornish Colony Museum
What a wonderful life he lived. It was on his own terms in a beautiful lanscape made by God for his talents. Joy rang to all who has seen through his eyes. Although I'm sorry of his passing, still he will live on forever in his work, his love, and his Brandywine.
Andrew Wyeth --
What a sweet and funny man, The world has lost a tresure. He was blessed, and I PRAY HE IS IN A SWEETER PLACE NOW.Thank you for sharing you vision.
Dana and Michael Panko
We live in the Seattle area now but our home is filled with paintings of Andrew Wyeth. I had the fortune of briefly meeting Mr. Wyeth, his smile lit up the room. I will never forget his smile. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wyeth family
Jack and Marcia Sizer
Joys of the Wyeth Experience
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your "Andy". Trips to Brandywine and Wyeth locales have been some of our most treasured times. What a joy to listen to you chat about his work and views in your Brandywine Museum tours. You gave us so much deeper appreciation for his contribution to our national soul and spirit. Peace to you and your family.
He captured my heart and my soul with his artwork, his life style and his humor. The world is a sadder place without him. My condolences to his family, and to the entire art world. He will be greatly missed. No longer will I be able to wake up wondering when his next piece of artwork will be unveiled.
Rest in peace.
Heather-Marie M. Ham
The Incredible life of Andrew Wyeth
I grew up with the work of Andrew Wyeth. As a child I imagined myself inside his paintings. As an adult, I had the wonderful gift of doing just that. He will continue to inspire me not only by his work, but in who he was; a true character, a warm man with a wild and twisted sence of humour. I will forever see him in the hills of Pennsylvania and the coast of Maine. Aside from the incredible body of work he left us, I will best remember the twinkle in his laughing eyes, immortalized in black and white photos. The fisherman sweaters, the lines of his weathered face drawn into a wicked grin showing us the man behind the icon. How lucky we were to have this great man as long as we did.
I woke this morning`Nothing is the same`Chadds Ford seems to be another place~My heartfelt condolences to the Wyeth family AND....thank you, thank you Andrew Wyeth
As an artist myself, and greatly inspired by Wyeth, I always took to heart the emotional drive behind a painting, this I learned from him. He will be missed, my heartfelt condolences to all the Wyeth family. And thank you Victoria for your efforts here.
Brandywine River Museum
My husband and I caught the tail end of Victoria's tour at the BRM on New Years Eve afternoon. At the end of the tour, she stressed that when you visit the BRM, really look at the paintings, and the style and spirit and effort that went into them.
My favorite drive is to drive a certain road through Chadds Ford, winding through what we call "Wyeth Country" on the way to the museum that houses the Wyeth legacy of amazing art. The cold winter landscape is still beautiful here in Chester County, PA. We will fondly remember the spirit and that character behind the paintings when we see the poetic beauty in our local surroundings that inspired the man.
Our warmest thoughts go out to the Wyeth family and friends.
Please know I am thinking of you. Andy gave so much to so many that had never even met him in person. Imagine the depth of a man like that. Once he touched you it was impossible to let go. He enriched my life far more than he ever knew. You have so much of him in you, he lives on. I see his spirit and the same sparkle in your eyes. All my love to you and your family.
As I paint alone in a cold shed, I can only wonder what it would have been like to have a beer or glass of wine with Mr Wyeth. Athens, GA
Thank you for sharing your love of nature.
The Pennsylvania landscape just does not feel the same today. Perhaps it is as sad as I. I will miss him very much.
A Sad Day
I got my first Wyeth book as a high school art student in the early 70's. I was hooked immediately and like so many, have idolized Mr. Wyeth ever since. His work has added so much joy to my life. Though I've never met Mr. Wyeth, this has been a very sad day. My condolences to the Wyeth family and to all of those, like me, who realized so much joy from one man's life's work.
We'll miss you Andy
Words can't express how much it means to me that you all posted such beautiful comments. I thank you for your love and support during this difficult time. I promise to ALWAYS keep his memory and spirit alive and look forward to continuing his legacy thru my tours.
All my best,
A National Treasure
Victoria and family. I'm sure I share with so many around the world in saying how much your Grandfather will be missed and that my thoughts are with you. In Japan, such exceptional artists are thought of as a National Treasure. This is true of Andrew Wyeth.
Wind from the Sea
Goodbye, Mr. Wyeth. The grace with which you lived your life and created your art is of another time. Your Wind from the Sea, which I first saw more than 40 years ago, remains mysterious and refreshing. You will be missed.
Farewell to my idol Andy Wyeth. Thanks for a lifetime of inspiration. The master's hand is still, but the legacy will live on. Victoria, please keep the story of your Grandfather alive. The brushes have now been passed to Jamie...carry on Wyeths.
Condolences on the passing of Andrew Wyeth
What a remarkable man has now left us; his thoughtful nature and gentle spirit shone through his incredible works. My sincere condolences to the family for their immeasurable loss.
I am very sorry to have just heard from friends the news. Your Grandfather has been in my mind each day, at least once for many years. I learned the most from him as an artist - in all aspects.It has been a true gift. Prayers to you & family.
My thoughts are with you
WC & Andrew Wyeth have always been my favorite artist. There work brings me so much joy to look at and everyone that comes to my home ALWAY comment on the prints that I have. I just want you to know that all my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. Our world is so much better having know thse men and we thank them for sharing their talents. I will treasure their art always.
Andrew Wyeth's passing
Victoria, I so enjoyed meeting you in Portland. Your lecture series on your grandfather was a true gift to all who heard you. I will remember him through your enthusiasm and love for all his art. Condolences from a stranger? I feel I know him because he lives in my house in prints and books.
Victoria, I am so sorry. Your dedication to Andy's work through the tours and public speaking is from the heart and something everyone admires. He was so proud of you. He was a kind person and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have known him.
Donna and Karl
Victoria, We are very sad to hear of the passing of your grandfather. You helped make his work more down to earth and alive for the rest of the world, and I'm sure he was very proud of you. Our condolences to you and your family.
Today's Somber news 1/16/09
We've been blessed to live in a time of a master craftman - Andrew Wyeth. Our hearts go out to the family in this, their time of need.
Desk/Civil War looking coat
I have an Andrew Wyeth PRINT. On the back is a note that is written that says "from the personal collection of Mrs. Andrew Wyeth." they're getting old and the writing is wearing. Think its worth anything?
Hi, Ive been searching for info on a painting By Andrew Wyeth. It is of a Small sail boat with the sail down that looks to be left in the marsh with a small bit of land in the far distance. The boat is white and the bottom light blue. Any info will be great!
What can you tell me about a 21 x 29 inch watercolor titled Pulp Woodsman, painted by Andrew Wyeth in 1945. This painting was painted at the Hoffses House in S. Waldoboro Maine. I am particularly interested in who the model is in this painting. I discovered it in a catalog book published in 1966 by Penn. Academy of the Fine Arts. Any info on it would be a thrill to me. Thanks so much. E.
Just found site!
I've been a huge fan of Andrew Wyeth ever since I discovered "Christina's World" back in the early 70s, but I just now found this wonderful board! It's so great to see so many fans of his work, and I just love that you, Victoria, take the time to personally respond to so many of the postings. So often the 'typed word' is so impersonal but your love and admiration for your grandfather, grandmother and, indeed, your entire family, comes through so clearly. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your family with us all.
i purchased a book about andrew wyeth. it was published in 1968 by houghton mifflin company. it was authored by richard meryman. can any one tell me any info about it.
new magazine images?
Dear Victoria Wyeth,
Was hoping - wondering if you knew of any new magazines articles coming up with your grandfather or uncle?
Faraway (coonskin hat)
The painting you are referring to is the 1952 drybrush watercolor titled "Faraway." It was featured in the "Memory and Magic" catalog. That adorable little boy is my uncle Jamie when he was about six years old. He was OBSESSED with that hat and wore it everywhere. It is in a private collection.
No catalog raisonne "published" yet. Mr. Wyeth is still enjoying his working process. (Gratefully).I am quite sure Mrs. Wyeth and several key assistants have been working on it. Thankfully, we have new work by Mr. W to hope for and that is such a gift to so many of us. I don't want to miss any new Temperas that may go up @ Brandywine ie., like Goose Step last year - i missed it!
Hounds in shackles
The tempera painting of the dogs sitting in a mill in chains is called "Raccoon". It is on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The tempera "Outpost" depicts my grandmother Betsy standing in the snow in a hat.
hound in shackles
What is the name of a charcoal of hounds in a basement, one dog in shackles. Also the name of picture and artist who did a woman in a coat and hat looking straight ahead with snow falling around?
Dear Brenda Palmer,
Re: your 12/30/2008 posting. Yes, your print of Seven Bridges Road is of a watercolor by Andrew Wyeth's nephew, A.N.Wyeth. The original is in the collection of the Hotel Dupont, Wilmington, Del.
Perhaps it was, "Her Room"?There are two windows with curtains - very subtle pink ones - not lace, but in a painting that could've been there."Chambered Nautilus" shows a lace canopied bed in front of a window - subtle breeze from unseen window on right blowing the lace?
Victioria Wyeth,will you ever show
master bedroom to the public. I was told that you have it hanging in your house.
other curtain painting?
I was at the Farnsworth Museum in 2002 and I remember seeing a painting of lace curtains in a window. However, I don't think it was "Wind from the Sea". Is there another Wyeth painting that would fit this description?
Board on which Wyeth painted
Does anyone know what kind of board Wyeth painted on? And how it was prepared. I have read his book-interview with Thomas Hoving, and Wyeth often refers to cutting a board to a particular size to suit a painting. He never discusses specifics, not, I guess that I would have expected him to have in that context.
Witching hour: This is our family dining room in our house in Cushing, Maine. It was an old schoolhouse that my grandmother found and had attached to our house. She is amazing at doing things like this. Anyway, one evening after dinner my grandfather was struck by the reflection of the candles in the window. As a little girl my grandfather would tuck me into bed at night and tell me about what happens after midnight - the witching hour - when things get crazy - candles start blowing, witches come out, etc. Very exciting stuff if you are a six year old girl who believes EVERYTHING her grandfather tells her.
"Witching Hour" has never been released as a reproduction.
"Christina's World" (1948) is owned by the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) - in New York City.
Originals @ Farnsworth
The paintings shown at The Farnsworth Art Museum (Maine) as well as The Brandywine River Museum(Pa)change usually a couple of times a year. To see if Witching Hour is currently displayed you can call those wonderful museums. It has been shown there as John mentioned, however, not permanent displays. What's cool about Farnsworth is that there is a gallery across the hall from Mr.Wyeth's main gallery which shows drawings/studies and is the icing and cherry on the cake.
The Witching Hour
The reproduction of this amazing painting is in the Wondrous Strange - The Wyeth Tradition book as well as Memory & Magic. Victoria will know if any prints were made. You should check out, "Witches Broom", also in Wondrous Strange book. Incredible image; haunting, mysterious and superbly rendered by the master.
The Witching Hour
Hi all. I am thoroughly haunted by this painting and can't find a trace of it online, as a poster or print. Can anyone here tell me if it's even produced? Would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Is the orginal of Christina's World in a museum or private collection? I know there are limited numbers of signed numbered prints, but what about prints that are not numbered and pencil signed? Is there an appoved limit? And would large prints unsigned be of any value? Thanks anyone for any info.
christina's world print
I have a signed print of Christina's world. It is roughly 27x40 inches. Is that an unusual size. Most of the prints I have seen online are smaller. The print was a gift to my father in-law from Andrew. I have no desire to sell it, but was thinking about having it re-framed. Does the size make this print unusual?
Dear Victoria: I am wondering what breed of dog (Rattler - I believe) is painted in Master Bedroom?
Early Work of Andrew Wyeth, NYC
About fifteen years ago my wife and I made the acquaintance of a lovely woman Nicki. We had just purchased a home in Spring Lake, New Jersey also known as "The Irish Rivera" and our neighbor Rose introduced us to her. I was drawn to Nicki because we both shared a passion for Art, she would tell me stories of her life working in NYC in the 1930's and 40's while employed by an advertising company. Amongst her admirer's was a gentleman by the name of George who came up with slogan "I'd walk a mile for a camel”. I was shown a painting that she said he had purchased from a young and talented artist. It was close to her heart and I remember a tear in her eye as she spoke fondly of him as she looked at the painting. It was many years later that she became ill but I always visited her and her eyes would light up with discussions of Art. It would soon be time for her to give up her home, as she required intense care that could only be given professionally. It was a bright day when I said goodbye to Nicki and she handed me the painting I spoke about above, and said never part with it, you'll understand and with a smile she said, "Do you're homework" as she was the teacher. I now understand, a friend of mine Artist Vincent Nardone, who is the President of the New York Audubon Society as well as the author of the Forward to "Who's Who in American Art" looked at the painting and said "I love the Wyeth, is it a print?" I said it's an original but I didn't know it was by Andrew Wyeth, he laughed as he put on his glasses and said it sure is congratulations I would like to share the image of the painting with you and if you would approve lend it to your Museum, and I am sure that Nicki, now deceased would like it too.
Andrew Wyeth - Spring fed
I am looking for information about a painting I have called Spring Fed by Andrew Wyeth...This painting was first owned by a library and went out for loan, like a book...Any information on Spring Fed anyone can offer would be appreciated...I have checked the net but have not found an entry for this particular painting...Thank you in advance for information...Marilynn
The Corner & Teel's Island
I received 2 dry brush paintings by Andrew Wyeth as gifts."The Corner" 1953 from the collection of Mr. & Mrs. W.E. Phelps Collection & "Teel's Island" 1954 from the collection ofMr. & Mrs. Robert Montgomery. I see a lot of postings regarding these two paintings. Are they just reproductions? If so, why do they all state where the collection is from? Thanks
There is one dog in the 1965 watercolor "Master Bedroom". The dog's name is Rattler.
I am working on a project for Art class that asks us to emulate an artist for our final work. I chose Andrew Wyeth per suggestion from a friend and have since fallen in love with his work.
I mentioned Wyeth to my Dad the other day who mentioned that there were several original Wyeth's in the house when we moved in. Apparently he was a friend of Darcy Thomas, the previous owner of our house (in Augusta, GA), who also had a house in Maine. Darcy has kind of been an enigma to me (she left behind a lot in our basement) and I was wondering if I could get more information about their relationship/correspondence. I find it incredibly interesting. Thanks.
Not sure about the size because alrady framed - about 21+ by 28+ inches. So beautifully done, although a 'dark' picture, it looks original.I want to know where the original is kept - museum? Thank you.
Hidden dogs in Master Bedroom
Does anyone know the exact number of dogs in Wyeth's Master Bedroom?I'm sure it has to be well over two dozen.
"Chief Joseph" not by Wyeth?
I don't think "Chief Joseph" is by N.C.Wyeth. I confirmed by checking the Catalogue Raisonne at The Brandywine River Museum. Is there anyone out there that disagrees with my assertion? Thanks
King Vidor Film
Speaking of films, I thought I'd ask this. Earlier this year I gave a copy of a King Vidor film to your grandfather. It was the last film Vidor did and it consisted of his trip to Chadds Ford and his conversations with your grandparents at their home and at the Kuerner farm. Can you find out if he watched it and how he liked it? I wasn't sure if he had ever seen it because it was never released. Thanks!
Would you know where your grandfather painted The Carry? I assume it was in Maine but cannot find info.as to the exact location. It certainly is a beautiful piece.
In an older post you said, "My uncle Jamie Wyeth had a film done while shows him working on a recent painting. The film was showed during his opening several months ago in New York City at Adelson Galleries. You might try contacting them." My friend called them and they said that Jamie had this film produced. They have had countless calls interested in purchasing this film, but Jamie's staff said that it won't be available for sale. Could you tell him how much we would all love to see this film? Maybe it will sway him to have the Brandywine Museum release it. What do you think?
There is a wonderful film from the 1970's (?) called "Christina's World". There is also another film which is almost impossible to find called "Wyeth People". Major models from both Maine and Pennsylvania speak about posing for my grandfather. and as you mentioned the DVD "Snowhill" (which is one of my favorites)!
Mr. Wyeth's influence on my work
Andrew Wyeth is a phenomenal artist and individual. He has inspired me and provided me with such a level of self-determination to focus on my art and dedicate my energies to improvement with each painting.
THE WRITING CHAIR
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE ORIGINAL OF "THE WRITING CHAIR" IS LOCATED/IN WHOSE POSSESSION? A FRIEND JUST RECEIVED AS A GIFT WHAT LOOKS TO BE AN ORIGINAL A.WYETH PAINTING WITH THIS TITLE, ANY ADVICE ON DETERMINING IT'S AUTHENTICITY?
Just wondering if your grandfather completed any interesting works this summer in Maine? Your last update was about the watercolor "Stop." Also, are there plans for any more short films about his work? Snow Hill didn't cover his work in Maine too much. Just curious.
I would check out the catalogue "Close Friends". You can order thru Amazon or the Brandywine River Museum. The catalogue contains a wonderful assortment of paintings my grandfather has done of his closest African American friends.
"Coot Hunter" is a watercolor done by Andrew Wyeth done in 1941. The model is Walt Anderson - my grandfather's best friend from Maine.
I need information on work done by Mr. Wyeth depicting aged black men. Indications from a broker were that he only did one series on African Americans. Is Afternoon a part of that series? Please provide as much information as possible. Searchs have uncovered nothing. Thank you.
I have what I presume is a print that has a tag on the back of the frame showing "Coot Hunter" by Andrew Wyeth. I don't see this picture in the examples of Mr. Wyeth's works on this page. Can anyone confirm that this is an Andrew Wyeth creation? Where is the original? Thanks
The original painting, Afternoon, is in a gallery in Milwaukee, WI. This would indicate yours is a print of some variety.
"Afternoon" Andrew Wyeth
A wooden-framed painting with his signature on left corner...Painting been in the family at least 50 years. The back of it covered with brown-paper (old) and torn now, with small rectangular tag at bottom center with script like writing.. "Afternoon" by Andrew Wyeth
Wondering if it is duplicate or original. Nevertheless, image of a beautiful African woman. I am trying to find out his inspiration for this painting.
Andrew Wyeth Pencil Sketch Farmhouse
I picked up an interesting sketch at an estate auction in Hockessin, DE. Pencil sketch of stone farmhouse, some sort of black ink stains, and a signature Andrew Wyeth in the left bottom corner. Signature looks authentic, but I am not an expert, it's a thrill to have found.
Marshall Point Light, Maine by Andrew Wyeth
We found a painting of the lighthouse that we have not been able to find on the internet and we were wondering if you know any information on it. Please email us because we may not be able to find our way back to the forum.
THE PRINT HS A 1958 DATE OH IT. AND ACCORDING TO THE INTERNET IT WAS PAINTED IN1962
Stephen J. Vattimo
What doesn't Andy think about religious art ?
the art community like to brag about being very liberal and excepting toward all kinds of art, yet religious art seem to be shunned,and down right vulgar art is applauded.
What is Andy's view on this matter.
N.C. and Sculpture
I remember my grandfather telling me that when he trained with his father (N.C.) - Andy was r did quite a bit of sculpture.
Andrew Wyeth Print
I found this piece at a thrift store for 10 dollars. The name of the piece is "Northern Point" Its framed and has an A.W. stamped into the mat. It's not hand signed or numbered but it has a certificate of authenticity from the New York Graphic Society L.T.D. state that it is an authorized Registry Edition master print from an Andrew Wyeth original. I don't know if thats just fancy wording for a limited run of prints or what, I was just curious what the heck "Registry Edition master print" means? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Victoria, do you or Andrew know if N.C. ever tried sculpture? When I look at the dimensional quality of the figures in his paintings, I wonder what he could do with a wad of clay in his hands. I think N.C. could have been as good as Remington!
Have a print, don't know what it is
I have an Andrew Wyeth print, and would like to know what it is. I can't find an image of it anywhere on the web. It is a winter scene, there is a house in the upper right hand corner with a fence in front of it. On the left appears to be a barn, and in front of the barn is a platform. On top of he platform sits what looks like an oil drum with a piece of cloth on it. The signature is in the left hand corner. Any thoughts? Thanks!
andrew wyeth print 1959 storing up
I have a 1959 storing up drybrush print which is the collection of Mrs Andrew Wyeth. What do I have? Is it a collection piece?
We are planning on visiting the Brandywine Museum later this month. Am having difficulty finding a reference anywhere for a painting we saw at the Farnsworth Museum more than a dozen years ago. It has stayed with me all these years and I would dearly love to know if I can find a reproduction. I can't even identify it by name - can anyone help? It was an image of the Maine coast with fishing nets billowing. I swear I remembered them being colored and it is not the painting Pentecost by Andrew Wyeth. (Thought it was by Jamie Wyeth.) Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Name of Dog
The name of the dog in "Master Bedroom" (1965 watercolor) is Rattler
Name of Dog
Does anyone know the name of the dog that is in the Andrew Wyeth painting where the dog is lying on a bed?
A Thank you
For thirty plus years I have collected prints of Andrew's work. They fill my home and bring me great peace and joy. This is a thank you to Andrew for giving me the opportunity to have such beauty in my home.
2 goals in life
OOOOPS I forgot. I had 2 goals in life. To own a 57 chevy Bel Aire and to meet Andrew Wyeth. Well I got the car so now Andy whadya say! "Indiana Country Boy" Bill Wolfe
admiration & birthday
When I was 13 I went ice skating with friends and brought along my new book titled Andrew Wyeth "Drybrush & Pencil Drawings". My young friends all laughed at me for bringing this artbook but I could not put it down. I am now 53 and have every book published with Andrew Wyeth art and as an artist myself, has been an inspiration all my life.My goal was to meet you someday and still have not let loose of that one. Thank you Andy and happy birthday! Bill Wolfe
LARGE EGG TEMPERAS
I love Mr. Wyeth's work. Without doubt his paintings and approach to subjects is unique and filled with magic. I also work in egg tempera [thanks largely to Mr. Wyeth's inspiration] and can't help wondering - especially noting the large size of most works - how many eggs he must go through in such large pieces? It's a wonderful medium to work in but is very challenging. Thanks.
Andrew Wyeth Originals
I own two pastel paintings by artist Andrew Wyeth.These were from my mothers Estate, she was also born in 1917. They are portraits, mixed media pastel on brown paper bag. I have no intention of parting with either one of them, Mr. Wyeth was a friend to my late mother as well as her friend Gerry Engle when we liven in Pennsylvania, the subjects of the paintings are of farm workers of African American decent. They give me great pleasure as my mother loved Art and these paintings although a little faded over the years were dear to her heart.
Andrew Wyeth video
A question for Victoria Wyeth or whoever may know.
I would like to know if there are any film, video or descriptions of Andrew or James Wyeth working on a painting? I have seen an interview with Andrew where he says that having any one in the studio would reveal the magic. James saw the magic from Andrew and Andrew saw the magic from NC. I suspect that
Andrew Wyeth would be interested in a film of Rembrandt painting.
I know it’s not this easy to see the magic but I thought I’d ask anyway.
question to Victoria Wyeth
Hi,I posted a question about a print that I have(I don't know if it is a original,it has been really hard to find out being that seems it is not very known,the titlle is "The Oak",it has been framed many years ago,has a poem that is damage in the back,and apparently was signed by pencil on the left corner,the leafs though as kind of blueshy(?)Could you give me any info on this?It is very pretty and I will keep it anyway.Thanks
The tempera "Karl" (1948) is in a private collection.
Does anyone know where the original 'Karl' is displayed?
The oak by andrew wyeth
Hi, I have a print I think is hand signed by pencil,the title is The oak it is framed and in the back it says (8)The Oak,has a date inthe early 70's a stamp of a art gallery,a poem that is kinda of damage by time,and the print is inside a very well framed job,I saw something like on the web,saying it is a limited edition,and somebody was selling one,however the leafs on mine are kind of blueshy,I want to know if it is a original or just a poster(wich seems to not be).Please how can I find it out?Thanks
This is in response to your 6/18 posting: I don't think there's anything wrong with people wanting to find out if they have a valuable Andrew Wyeth print. Times are hard. Anyone would love to discover they have a hidden treasure. I think that's why Antiques Roadshow is so popular.
Just a thought
I am noticing the fact that everyone is interested in the monetery value of prints and frames and paintings of Mr. Wyeth. Shouldn't we be concentrating on the psychological an intrinsic values instead? Andrew Wyeth sees things that we mortals miss, and in so doing, he opens our eyes to new thoughts, new ideas and realizations. Whether it is a print in a book, or an original paining, the value of his work goes WAY beyond the dollar value. Any comments?
Like so many who have posted to this site, I have a Teel's Island beautifully framed. A note attached to the back says Teel's Island Drybrush 1954 Collection of Mr and Mrs Robert Montgomery. What is the background story please?
Thank you, Victoria, for your wonderful description of STOP. It sounds like it would be a great companion to Andrew's WIND FROM THE SEA, if that is the correct name, the one where the thin lace curtain is wafting in the breeze. I can feel the breeze that Andrew put in that painting. In addition, I am wondering if WALKING STICK will ever be put out as a print or poster. I saw that one at his retrospective, and was enchanted. Thanks for all of your insight and patience.
I am looking for the original painting. Does anyone know its location?
Like, Matt Stuart, who wrote about Spring Sun, I too have this framed print with Mr. Wyeth's signature in the lower lefthand corner. It is matted within the frame and has brown paper on the back that is attached to the frame; so, in case it is a print of value, I didn't want to damage the paper, but I also can't see the back of the print itself. Anyway, the brown paper backing is stamped with Geo. R McIntosh Dec. 17, 1970 Since 1906. A strip of cardstock is attached to the back as well beneath the stamp and printed on the cardstock are the words, "Spring Sun Dry brush, 21 1/2 x 13 1/2", 1958. Collection of Mrs. Andrew Wyeth. Any information that someone could give me about this print would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I am not sure which Olson painting you are referring to. Can you describe it? The Olson farm is located in Cushing, Maine and was the subject of the 1948 tempera "Christina's World". It is open to the public in the summer. The Olson paintings were done by my grandfather Andrew Wyeth (Andy=Andrew).
My family is EXTREMELY protective of my grandfather’s images and thus we rarely put things on the internet. We will not be putting any of his new works online.
His new painting depicts a local friend riding in a motorcycle down Route 52 in Pennsylvania. He is stopped at a red light. The most incredible thing is the feeling of the wind blowing thru the painting. The stoplight is blowing in the wind. You must see it. It’s spectacular!
Can you describe the watercolor "Stop?" Is it possible for the museum to post some of these images of new work? They could always put a lock on them so that they couldn't be copied. I've seen this on a lot of art sites. Also, how long does it take for a tempera to dry? I was thinking of the recent "Goose Step" and wondering how they hung it so soon after completion. Thanks.
Can anyone tellme about a painting titled The Olson Farm? If it was Andrew or Andy. Can not find any info on this painting. Thanks, so much
The watercolor "Half Bushel" (1959) is part of the collection at the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum, Omaha, NE.
Does anyone know where I can get a copy or a print or even a glimpse of Goose Step? I understand that this is Andrew's most recent painting. I am thrilled to know that he is still painting. Does anyone know what his next project is?
Nobody can locate the 'Children's doctor'on the net so far,...but I appreciate your reply, Ms. Victoria! I wish I had gone to Brandywine when I was in Pennsylvania a few years ago. Hopefully someday!
Andrew Wyeth book, rare
I have a slip cased 1st edition of "Andrew Wyeth" by Richard Merryman, published by Houghton Mifflin in 1968. It's in excellent condition.I'm trying to find what the value of it might be. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
need to located
Where is the painting "Half Bushel" located?
I HAVE A PRINT FROM ANDREW WYETH
I HAVE A PRINT THAT STATES'"SPRING SUN DRY BRUSH 1958 COLLECTION OF MRS. ANDREW WYETH." IT LOOKS LIKE A REAL PRINT. CAN YOU HELP WITH WETHER THIS IS LEGITIMATE OR NOT. THANKS, MATT.
Thank you so much for your reply! I've been to most but I will certainly try to visit all of them.
All the best to Mr Wyeth!
Wyeth Collections, Cont.
If you click on "Museums" in the above blue box it will direct you numerous museums that own his work. Hope this helps.
Here are several museums where you will see Andrew's work:
Rockland, Maine: The Farnsworth Art Museum (this museum displays his Maine paintings) 207 596 6457
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania:
The Brandywine River Museum (Pennsylvania work with some Maine work) 610 388 2700
Wilmington, Delaware: The Delaware Art Museum 302 571 9590
Greenville, SC: The Greenville County Museum 864 271 7570
There are numerous museums all over the United States that own his work - The High Museum in Atlanta, The Chigago Institute of Art in Chicago, etc.
A Wyeth paintings
Hello, I would like to know where A Wyeth's paintings are showed, in permanent collections. For instance, I read that First Snow is at the Museum of Art in Wilmington, Easter Sunday is at the Greenville Museum, and so on. I'd like to follow the trail of Wyeth's amazing work. Please write back with any info on permanent locations. Thank you.
Thank you so much for your kind words. My grandfather amazes me daily with his work ethic, his paintings, his spirit and his love of life. The painting was taken down today and we were all sad to see it go. So glad you enjoyed the museum. Please come back again soon.
I realize that Andrew Wyeth, is very secretive and doesn't like discussing technique however is there any way to ascertain what brand of watercolor he uses.
Also if anybody could get him to allow somebody to film him from begining to end as he creates a watercolor, that would be worth its weight in gold. So many watercolorist would flock to that video. All that to be said does anybody the exact brand he uses
Victoria, I had the wonderful experience of visiting Brandywine River Museum last Tuesday. Unfortunately missed your Grandfather's impromptu stop in to fix his latest addition to the gallery, Goose Step or was it Goose March. What a gloriously large piece. The goose stepping graceful and deliberate toward the sand spit with the raging river behind. Andrew Wyeth at nearly ninety-one painting with brilliance, a true testimony to his character and genius...It was a joy to meet you and walk through the gallery tour(twice). As i looked through pictures of your grandfather I could see how you resemble him. Thank you for your joyful enthusiasm. Your love and respect for Andrew Wyeth not only as a grandfather but as a man and an artist is evident. When you see him extend warm regards from me. I will visit Chadds Ford again. MF
Prints, posters, and reproductions
Hi. I'm sorry, but I don't get involved with prints, posters, etc.
Hi. The figure you cant quite make out (due to the fluffy snow) is the state seal of Pennsylvania. It was hanging on the side of my grandparents house but it is now located on the third floor of the Brandywine Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.
What an AMAZING story. I would love to see a photo of your frame. Please send it to the Brandywine Museum (Chadds Ford, PA) or the Farnsworth (Rockland, Maine). Thanks
Wlof Rivers and the Flour Mill
We have recently purchased a signed print of "Wolf Rivers" and are wondering where the original may be located? Can you verify that there are only 300 of these in existence? Does Andrew Wyeth intend to produce more?
We are also considering purchasing a limited edition "Flour Mill" and can find no information on it. Where is the original painting located? Any idea of the number of prints? We have been told a collection of prints went to Japan? The appeal to us is that there is very little information and that there are apprear to be so few duplicates. Yet, we want to know more about the scene and can find no information.
We appreciate your time and the talent of your family.
Bob and Barbara McAfee
Question about Andrew Wyeth painting
I am currently reading N. C. Wyeth's letters. I was reading a letter dated January 08, 1903. Mr Wyeth talks about a figurehead that was a memento of the privateering days of Captain Job Wyeth, N. C.'s paternal great-grandfather. As I am reading this book, I am also researching paintings by Andrew Wyeth.
I noticed that a painting entitled Blizzard has something in it that I cannot make out. Could this be the figurehead on the side of the building? If not, what is it?
Frame from Olson's house
Victoria, Thank you for the info on "Geraniums". I hope to be in Maine in July and will make a point to go see it. I obtained the frame from the window of the Olson's house quite by accident. My family and I were vacationing at a friends property in Cushing in the summers of 1970 and 71. It was in walking distance of the Olson house. One day, I believe in 71, I walked up to the house and it was being "renovated by Joseph Levine. They had taken all the old frames off of the windows and piled them in a trash pile in the yard. It was obvious they were going to dispose of them so I took one home. The next day I returned and they had burned the whole pile. I kept the frame for many years and one day decided it would make a lovely frame for a Wyeth print. I went to a Wyeth exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and there found the "Geranium" print which has a very clear picture of the window frame. My frame is one half of the total window and although the cross members of the window are all broken out, except one half of one, you can tell it was a six light window. The painting is so realistic you can see the wooden pegs in the corner that hold it together and they are still in the frame that I have. Naturally I treasure this "art object' very much. I will send you a picture of it if you like. By the way, I enjoyed your You Tube lecture and presentation of the William Barciani paintings very much.
"Geraniums" is owned by the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine.. Where did you get the frame?
Window frame from Olsen house
I am interested in finding out who owns Wyeth's painting entitled "Geraniums", painted in 1960. I have an actual window frame from the Olson house depicted in that painting. I can personally authenticate the frame.
Hi, I have been a great admirer of his work such as Wind from the Sea since childhood. Recently I came across "Children's Doctor" depicting the renowned pediatrician Dr.Margaret Irving Handy during a graduate school lecture on 'medicine in art'. Can I see it somewhere on line? I don't seem to find it anywhere. I might go find a reproduction of the art when I visit U.S.(I am from South Korea..I don't seem to find that particular work at artshops around here)
Merlin depicts a close friend of Andy's named Allen Messersmith. Allen started posing in 1956 and has continued to pose for Andy. His most recent portrait was done 2 years ago
Went on your tour last year. You showed some paintings of a man Wyeth saw as "Merlin." He had long white hair and white beard. I think you said he was the kid in "Roasted Chestnuts." Can you tell a bit more about him and this long connection between model and artist? Thanks.
I have a large A.Wyeth painting with a single male standing in a white boat out in the bay, with a coast in the background with two large white appearing houses on the shore. It is signed in the lower right hand corner by Andrew Wyeth but I cannot find the name of the painting anywhere on the internet. Can anyone Identify.
The Children's Doctor
The tempera, "The Children's Doctor", is owned by the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.
The Children's Doctor
Do you know where this 1949 painting is exhibited, Victoria. I would appreciate a comment.
Thanks for the thorough info about "The Letter." Any word from your Grandfather about the Danish painter, Wilhelm Hammershoi? Thanks in advance.
The tempera "April Wind" is owned by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.
"The Letter", 1979 watercolor, is owned by The Greenville County
Museum of Art, Greenville, SC. The painting was reproduced in an exhibition catalogue, Andrew Wyeth:
Southeastern Collections - for an exhibition at the Jacksonville Art Museum in Jacksonville, FL, 1992.
WHERE IS THE ORIGINAL APRILWIND EXHIBITED
To Harry and John Schutz, I also have the same Canvasbacks print from the 1956 collection of Mr and Mrs C B McCoy. I would guess that it's probably a reproduction. Thanks, Susan
I would appreciate any information on the following: A framed double-matted painting/print (?) with a typed label on the back that says "QUAKER LADIES; DRY BRUSH, 21 1/2 X 13 1/2", 1956. COLLEC-TION OF MR. AND MRS. H. F. DU PONT" Thank you!
Andrew Wyeth and Andrew N. Wyeth
Just to clarify -- Andrew Wyeth and Andrew N. Wyeth are two different artists. Andrew N. Wyeth has a different askart page.
I just purchased a lithograph "Farm Door Still Life" signed by Andrew N. Wyeth Does anyone have any information on this? I would enjoy some background to go with the painting! THANKS
drybrush spring sun
I have a drybrush 1958 Spring Sun collection of Mrs Andrew Wyeth can anyone tell me something about this.
Half Bushel/Andrew Wyeth
I have a framed print titled Half Bushel by Andrew Wyeth, can anyone tell me something about the value of this. I believe it's roughly 21x30 and was framed in a shop on Wall Street in NYC.
Wyeth The Corner
I have an Andrew Wyeth with the label The Corner dry brush 211/2x131/2 1953 The collection of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Phelps. How can I determine if it is an original or a print?
I have a Andrew Wyeth with a label on the back of the frame which reads: Canvasbacks Dry Brush, 9 1/2 X 18 3/4, 1956, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. McCoy.
It depicts two dead ducks hanging from a door. How do I tell if it is original or a print?
Are you looking for images of work by Andrew Wyeth, or by his nephew Andy?
If you want his nephew, try A.N. Wyeth online.On AskArt, he is listed as Andrew Nathaniel Wyeth.
I know from past reading and interviews that he likes his son, Jamie, of course, Bo Bartlett (who has a good web site and made Snow Hill, the documentary film about Wyeth), and Odd Nerdrum (very interesting Norwegian painter, very apocalyptic). That's the living ones. He also loves Pyle, Eakins, Homer, Durer, Renaissance tempera painters, Peter Hurd, John McCoy, his sister, Carolyn, etc. In a recent issue of Watercolor magazine, he listed his top 20 watercolorists. I think you can find that online.
Thanks Vicoria. Is it that you two do not discuss other artists, or is Andy afraid to promote another artist. I ask only because as an artist myself I find it hard to believe that one, though perhaps deeply inspired by past artists, does not have interest in contempories.
Andy does not discuss other current artists work that much (with me). He is quite fond of Durer.
Victoria, do you know what contemporary artists your grandfather shows interest in? Thanks.
I have seen past prints that my grandfather has signed in a variety of mediums (pen, pencil, etc.)However, pencil is the preferred medium as it does not fade.
I have a Racoon. Framed and came from my parents home. I have no idea of its worth? Should I remove it from the frame to look for a number, etc?
Print signature in black ink?
I have seen some Wyeth prints signed in black ink. I thought that Wyeth, like most artists, signed prints in pencil. Does anybody know if he would have ever signed prints in black ink?
If it is numbered it is probably a reproduction (the term print is miss-used much to often. A print is taken from that which the artist has actually put a mark on, such as a stone, woodblock or metal plate. A reproduction, which most 'prints' are, are done with an offset or computer prosses from an image taken from the original). The "private collection" means the original rests with that person.
John F. Schutz
Wyeth - Canvasbacks Dry brush
I have a Andrew Wyeth with a label on the back of the frame which reads: Canvasbacks Dry Brush, 9 1/2 X 18 3/4, 1956, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. McCoy.
It depicts two dead ducks hanging from a door. How do I tell if it is original or a print?
Mark, re: your question - I'm distantly related. I read somewhere the first Wyeth in America came over about 1640, so there's probably Wyeths all over the U.S.!
Re: your 2/10/08 posting, Eight Bells is also the name of a painting by Winslow Homer. It shows two seamen in rain slickers with the sea in the background.
"The Patriot" Sgt Ralph cline
Mark I wish to thank you for your help on the Wyeth print.How would I know if I have an original print or a copy?
Yes the painting was called the 'Patriot', it was of Ralf Cline, who owned a sawmill in Maine.
WWI Army Sgt.
Did Andrew Wyeth paint or print in litho an elder WWI army soldier(Sgt.)in uniform wearing his medals?
Andrew Wyeth - First Snow
I've been searching all over the internet for Andrew Wyeth's "First Snow" from 1959 but I cannot find it current location nor any copies of it. I looks to be rather unknown but if anyone has information on it, I'd love to know! Thanks - Don
"Aground" by Andrew Wyeth
I am trying to find the location of the original painting. Does anyone know where it is?
This may be of little help, but....Eight bells is the summer home in Port Clyde, Maine of N C Wyeth. I am not sure of what painting you speak of but there is a photo of N C Wyeth painting Eight Bells (his house).
Years ago my late husband and I purchased a print that he loved and is hanging on my wall. It has a frame of old barn boards, very rustic. I would like to know more about this painting. My husband loved the sea.
Lisa, google Andrew Wyeth, there is an official website that has that info for you, I believe.
Andrew Wyeth catalogue raisonne
I have a small pen and ink drawing by Andrew Wyeth and would like to know if it has already been included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne of his work. Does anyone know a contact person for this project? Thanks very much!
I am a Cushing girl.(TO VICTORIA),Mom still in Cushing
I was born and raised in Cushing,Come from a family of twins,Finnish background,Was very fortunate to have fond memories of seeing Andy paint 30+ years ago,I remember seeing him down to Dennisons horse farm in South Thomaston,painting a workhorse named Coon,Us twins would jump all over that horse,Somewhere down the line,I was told he painted us Matson twins on that?Any idea in the truth of that,I live in Catskill Mtns NY,Andy was a customer of OURS,(PIPING HOT CHOWDER,HE LIKED)I have alot of prints that nicely signed (Cherish them)Ask Andy if he recalls them?And if he needs a finnish girl to paint,My Mom (NANCY)has got my #,I am only 3 hours from him when he is in Penn in winter,(I would be honored) How is Your DAD? Thanks,Sheila
NC WYETH- "THE FISHERMAN"
I found an N C Wyeth litho titled THE FISHERMAN (1940) of a solitary male American Indian in a canoe in a Salvation Army store in Arizona and LOVE it, but cannot find out any information about it. It appears to have the original simple oak frame and the color is wonderful. Can anyone help me learn about this piece?
Thank You - Laura
Big help! Thanks for the info. I think I remember seeing that book the last time I was there........duh! I immediately went to Amazon and it is on its way to me.
I find that Andrew's paintings have a lot to do with windows, looking in, looking out at things and am wondering if he was lonely as a child and spent a lot of time looking out his windows at home. His paintings (prints) are great for themes in various rooms of my house, for he touches on nearly every topic.
Hans Herr House, Lancaster County
Saw your posting and I'm sure Victoria can supply more detailed information. I have a great book called A MODEST MENONITE HOME that has an intro by Andrew Wyeth about his connection to Herr and the house. I think he did that painting to raise money for the upkeep of the house. I'm not sure where it is now, but I think the museum store at the house sells small reproductions of that painting. Hope this helps.
Hans Herr House, Lancaster County
I am a direct descendant of Hans Herr, of Lancaster County. I understand that Andrew Wyeth (my hero) is also a direct descendent of Herr. Recently in a book I saw a copy of a painting of the Hans Herr House done by Andrew. Where can I find a reproduction and the history of the painting. When did he do it, and why is it not available to the public?
I attended his 70 year retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was overwhelmed with the power of his work.
Now that the Kuerner's is owned by the Brandywine does your grandfather still go there to paint?
"Outpost" is a tempera painting of the artists wife Betsy Wyeth.
Wyeth's "Outpost" painting
Is this the painting of a man or a woman?
Andrew Wyeth Print
Dear Wyeth Family,
I love to go to resale and thrift stores because you never know what treasure you may happen upon. I came across an Andrew Wyeth framed print (which I thought was an original). I was so excited. I bought it and took it home for my husband to see - he was super excited to, he thought it was an original also. I took it to Dow Art Galleries in Fort Worth because Gregory Dow does some restoration work for the Kimbal Art Museum. Mr Dow's assistant thought it was an original also so I was super excited. Gregory looked at it after he finished up with a client and knew right away that it was an offset print. I thought prints were always numbered, but I guess not. Oh well my husband and I really like the print anyway so his is rematting it for us with acid free paper and I'll pick it up in a few days. I really thought I had hit the art world jackpot! Oh well. Best of luck and health to your family.
Movies, Politics, & Music
Thanks, Victoria. What movies and music does he like? I know from the book he did with Hoving that both of those arts influenced him while young. I wonder about his more recent tastes in those arts. Thanks.
You say that your grandfather "usually paints outside' I know that is true for his watercolors from what I have read about him (I too paint outdoors as there is nothing like it) but what about his tempras? Having worked in tempra myself years ago I imagine that would be difficult, but if he does good for him.
A question about you Victoria, if I may. You are in a great position to really let the public know what the Wyeth family is like and about the work created by your family. I am not talking about a nasty tell all book (they are just selfserving) but could a book, by you, be in the future?
Movies, politics, and music
1.) Not sure about M. Night. Visits with friends, family, etc. are rather personal and thus we don't discuss things like that in public.
2.) Andy had a wonderful time with President Bush and was quite honored to receive the award.
3.) Currently he does not listen to music while painting. He usually paints outside and enjoys the sounds of nature.
4.) My grandpa loves Quaker clothing. He prefers the more simple look.
Movies, Politics, & Music
1. I heard M. Night Shyamalan met with your grandfather while filming The Village. Does Andrew like the movies and if so which ones?
2. I see he met Pres. Bush for his recent arts medal. Any stories from that day? Is Andy political? Is he endorsing any new candidate. Did he visit the Hopper or Turner exhibit in Washington?
3. Does your grandfather paint while music is playing like so many artists do? What music moves him?
4. While viewing the video with Pres. Bush I noticed that Andrew was wearing a kind of Quaker shirt. Does he wear vintage clothing or does someone make these coats and shirts he wears?
As always, thanks.
I just came across this canvasback watercolor. What does "Collection of Mr. & Mrs. CB McCoy" mean. 1956
Dear Debra Moore,
About your 8/14/2007 posting - I don't think either Howard Pyle or Andrew Wyeth ever illustrated "Hans Brinker". However, N.C.Wyeth did do the cover for an edition that was illustrated by Peter Hurd, Andrew Wyeth's brother-in-law.
After the Chase
I make artist trading cards and recently participated in an art history swap. Our artist this month is Andrew Wyeth. While learning about him and his art I came across a painting called After the Chase. What more can you tell me about it? Is the dog pictured Nell?
I don't think Andy is a fan of pop tarts. He is more of a chocolate milk, hot dog and rare hamburger type of guy.
Christmas Cards and Me
"Sparks" was done in 2001. Not sure about "Cape May".
I have no idea about your Christmas Card question. I agree it would be an interesting book.
"Me" is a recent tempera (2007). It depicts my grandfather painting in the middle of a snowstorm outside our Mill in Chadds Ford, PA.
"Hidden" is called "Hideaway". The young woman is a family friend named Senna. The painting was completed in 2000. However, in 2007 he painted her out so now there is just a tree. The painting is on view at the Brandywine River Museum thru Feb 2008.
Andy's paiting routine
I am proud to say that at the age of 90 Andy still paints daily. I just went to bring him lunch yesterday and he met me at the door of the studio covered in watercolor paint!
Cape May and Sparks and Christmas
Thanks for filling us in on these two. Fascinating. Are these both recent?
I was also intrigued by the Christmas card drawings shown on this site. Can the Brandywine ever publish a full book of Andrew's Christmas cards, N.C.'s cards and Christmas paintings, and the childhood cards that contain Andy's drawings and Ann's piano scores? It would be a great keepsake.
Also, do you have any info about the story behind the recent tempera "Me?" It looks like someone might be looking out of one of the reflected windows. And who is hidden in the painting "Hidden" that shows the hollow tree? Is it Helga? Many thanks.--Peter
In my last post I mentioned your Grandfathers influence on me as an artist. I was wondering with his advanced years is he still getting out to paint or does he work from memory more. I think it great that he is still going strong in regards to his painting (I hope). I can not see how an artist can retire (as some have). My best wishes to you all.
The dog in "Sothern Comfort" is our family dog Nome.
Cape May and Sparks
"Cape May" was painted in Cape May. The woman wearing the habit is a close family friend named Helen (she appears in a painting titled "Marriage" - in the Memory and Magic catalogue).
"Sparks" was done in our living room in Pennsylvania. What you are seeing is the mirror reflection of "Wolf Moon" -- the painting is hanging on the wall across from the mirror (and is thus reversed). Andy explained he was fascinated by the fire burning away in the living room and the way the sparks glowed in the floor. To the far left is my grandmother’s bag of knitting things (yarn, needles, etc.)
Hope this helps.
Question on Two Paintings
On this site under "examples of his work" I found two paintings I had never seen. One was called Cape May and features what looks like a nun or woman with a wimples on the beach of Cape May. Has Mr. Wyeth been to Cape May and did this scene actually happen? The other is called Spark and features a large fireplace in a tiled room. The painting "Wolf Moon" hangs on the wall in the foreground, but its image is reversed as if in a mirror. Do you know why, and what was the story behind both of these? I'd greatly appreciate any illumination.--Peter
Could you tell me the year Southern Comfort was painted? Also, what was the name of the dog.
Mark R Brockman
Dear Ms Wyeth,
I am a great admirer of Andrew Wyeth, in fact it is his fault I am an artist now, lol. Tho our work is nothing alike it was his work and the depth of emotion in his work that thirty plus years ago help me to decide that an artist's life was what I wanted. I have never met your grandfather, tho a few years back he commented on one of my paintings at the gallery as 'interesting' that made me glow. I think too that this is great what you are doing, giving people a real connection the Andrew Wyeth. I hope to catch one of your tours at the Bradywine on one of my trips to the gallery. I hope your grandfather is doing well and wish the whole Wyeth clan a good new year.
Ketterlinus - Marshall Point Light
If you enjoy it, if it gives your pleasure to have it in your home, then of course it is worth something.
However, I have noticed that this particular print is coming up for auction quite frequently on eBay -- and for something that has been out-of-print for so long, I find that curious. Perhaps this is worthy of further exploration.
How exciting that nurse Pam is your mother-in-law. I don't know of any reproductions of Pam that are in print. She did appear in a catalogue a few years ago titled "Master Drawings" from the Brandywine River Museum. Tell her I send a huge hug and kiss.
Locating prints of my mother-in-law
Pam Cowe, the subject of several of Andrew's paintings, is my mother-in-law. She was Andrew's nurse during his hip replacement surgery. I have actually met both Andrew and Betsy while attending dinner at George Weymouth's house a couple years back with Pam and some of her girlfriends. Do you know if any of the paintings featuring Pam are in print? I haven't had much luck in my searching. My husband and I would love to find one. Thank you.
David Warren Long
Meeting Andrew Wyeth
Is it at all possible to meet Andrew Wyeth? I have been an admirer since I was 12 years old. His seeing the mystical in the everyday is a great ability and gift to all.
Millgirl in No. 4
Dear Stephen Kane, This signed print is of a watercolor by A.N. Wyeth, an artist who lives in Willimantic, CT. He is a nephew of Andrew Wyeth. The mill is in Willimantic.
Thanks, Vic. I do have CLOSE FRIENDS. It's a great book. How old would Willard be? Can you tell me any more about the film, WYETH PEOPLE? I'd love to track down a copy. Who produced it, etc?--Peter
Hi, I purchased a print today, it's signed by Andrew Wyeth. The picture is of a chair (windsor style)with a tray on the right arm and on the left arm is a blue jacket, maybe civil war, not sure,there is also a window with a deep sill behind it. I haven't seen this print anywhere I've looked, does anyone else recall seeing it?
Great question. We are not sure what happened to Willard. There is a great video from the 70's/80's called "Wyeth People" where Willard is interviewed. The best catalogue to see Willard in is called "Close Friends."
Interested in the history of prints
I just found two prints in a local antique store. One looks to be possibly a watercolor (black and white dry brush)of Brinton Mill 1958 and the other is a print "The Berry Picker" 1961. Both are labelled with a typed paper on the back "The Collection of Mrs Andrew Wyeth." The only history the sales person could get from the seller was that they had been given to her parents in Pennsylvania.
Any information would be appreciated.
Interestingly, there is another posted question from 10/18/07 which is very similar.
Siri and Helga
Siri is alive and well. She still keeps in touch with Andy on a regular basis. Helga does enjoy painting. I am not involved with the curatorial department of the Brandywine River Museum and thus am not able to answer the second half of your question.
Identification of Art work
I came across this picture in a garage in Gouldsboro, Penn. The wooden frame measures 34" x 18 It is signed down in the bottom right Andrew Wyith. The Back of the workk has stenciled out MAY DAY BY Andrew Wyeth November 27,1976. It appears to have been framed be KULICKE #00982. THE The picture is of little white flowers in a stream of moss. Any idea who created this work
Wyeth Exhibits Scheduled for 2008
I enjoy reading your updates about Andrew Wyeth and family. I've been a fan for years and have visited the Farnsworth (where you gave a tour) and Brandywine River Museums.
Do you if there are any exhibits for Andrew's and Jamie's works planned in 2008? Will there be any special releases of signed prints? I have the "Wondrous Strange" portfolio and enjoy it immensely.
Please tell Andrew and Besty I said "Happy Halloween," as I know they enjoy this special day of the year.
Rural Holiday Print?
Hello, my wife and I purchased a beautiful picture from a barn sale in Michigan some years ago, it appears to be a watercolor which very closely resembles Andrew's 'Rural Holiday' but with significant differences; 1)The scene has no snow, 2)The house matches except it has a chimney on both ends, 3)To the left of the house in the background there are some small trees, a pond and what appears to be a small figure of a person standing, the wagons in the picture are identical as is the barn. It measures approx. 26"x38" and is in a big old wood and plaster frame and hangs above our fireplace and brings a wonderful warmth to our home. We are interested in any additional information you may wish to share. It is signed 'Andrew Wyeth' in the grass in the lower left corner. Thank you so much.
April Wind in Tempera
"April Wind" is an egg tempera painting (not oil). It is owned by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, CT.
Film, Portraits, Eakins
Hope you can answer three questions. (1)I saw a great library VHS called "The Real World of Andrew Wyeth." It was a BBC production. Are there any plans to get this out on DVD. I'd love to buy a copy. (2) I know you've mentioned that your grandfather has painted you. I've never seen portraits of Jamie or your father, Nicholas, as adults. Has your grandfather continued to paint them (or your Mother)? (3) I know your Grandfather likes Eakins' works and was wondering if he knew about the sad state of Eakins' home in Philadelphia. Eakins painted a lot of his best work in the attic studio there, and the house is in terrible disrepair, even listed on a national endangered list. It's a shame that a city bursting with so much art has turned it's back on such an important building. Thanks for any help you can provide.
April Wind in Oil
Can someone tell me where I can see the original "April Wind" in oil? Heard it was in a museum gallery somewhere.
I found a print of Brinton`s Mill, l958, Collection of Mrs. Andrew Weyth.I also have a damaged one on what looks like it was printed on watercolor paper. They both have the initals aw in the snow. I am wondering which is the oldest?
Thank you Vic - an Andy fan!
Dear Ms. Wyeth - I missed Andrew's art - the show I struggeled to visit! But the Halloween show was going up on Monday and his gallery was closed! Rats! We had to head back home that day and missed all of his work! But having our tour of the other 2 galleries, by the granddaughter, Victoria, made up for it. I did get a little peek of the new show from the door. I am also sick that I didn't take a photo of you...Victoria, you are a masterpiece - a work of art yourself. I hope your grandfather paints you soon - fun hair, great energy, and terrific smile - a true beauty.It was a great experience. Thank you Victoria for the tour. We did turn down Ring Road and I couldn't believe I was facing the farm. I took a couple of shots from the road;I am inspired to pick up my watercolors again. Enjoy this beautiful fall. Say hello to the "master" from Patty in North Carolina. The "Me" painting is exciting!!! Keep painting Mr. Wyeth! Patty M.
Victoria, Thanks so much for the response. Have all of Mr. Wyeth's letters been saved and archived for a future collection? I've seen some of his illustrated letters in a book called MORE THAN WORDS. It would be fascinating to see them all together in that way that your grandmother edited N.C.'s letters. Also, are there any plans for another biography of Mr. Wyeth? I'm assuming people other than Richard Meryman have made requests. There was some good information and stories in that book, but it was a poor read. It jumped all over the place. I wish it had been more like Michaelis' bio on N.C. Again, thanks for any illumination.
Frost, Nerdrum, and others
Peter, I spoke with Andy this morning regarding your Frost question. Andy met Robert Frost years ago at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Andy is a great admirer of Frost's work and they corresponded quite a bit.
Andy also admires the work of Odd Nerdrum who has visited my family on several occasions. In terms of Edward Hopper they knew each other quite well. (See 08/05/2004 posting) Warhol was a great friend of my uncle Jamie's. Warhol met Andy (Wyeth) quite a few times. Andy found Warhol to be "very interesting. He had a new outlook on things and that’s one of the many reasons he is so important." I would suggest reading “The Andy Warhol Diaries” which discusses Warhol’s interactions with my family.
I have a framed print of April Wind, a gift from a friend in 1973. signed at the bottom - "painting in tempura, April Wind" and then signature is below. How do I learn how many prints were done?
Frost, Nerdrum, and others
Victoria, Just wondering if your grandfather ever met or corresponded with Robert Frost? I know that a Wyeth watercolor was once given to Frost by friends and that he had great respect for your grandfather's work. I also wonder about your grandfather's meetings with the Norwegian painter, Odd Nerdrum, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, and others. Did any of these painters (or others) make pilgrimages to Chadds Ford to meet your grandfather? Thanks for any insights.
Andy and Dylan
Hi Bob. I spoke with Andy yesterday regarding your Bob Dylan question. My cousin Howie Wyeth never introduced Andy and Dylan. However, Andy said Howie would always tell wonderful stories about Dylan to the family.
Andrew Wyath proof
I have what looks like an artists proof of two ducks in black and white (watercolor?) hanging on a white door with an old latch. Andrew Wyeth signature looks to be in pencil on the upper right hand side of the door. Any comments?
Andy and Dylan?
A question for Vic Wyeth, if she's listening:
A friend recently discovered that a nephew of Andy's, Howard Pyle "Howie" Wyeth, was the drummer for Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Tour in the mid-1970s and played on a couple of Dylan's albums, along with some work for other rockers. Did Howie ever introduce any of these rockers to his famous uncle? As a big fan of Andy and Dylan, I'd love to know any details about a meeting between them.
On the back of this signed print it states, "from the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Montgomery. Who is this couple and is this the real thing? Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
"Alternate Version of Distant Thunder"
The painting you are speaking of is a drybrush watercolor study for "Distant Thunder" called sleep. The woman in the painting is my grandmother Betsy Wyeth.
The name of the dog in "Master Bedroom" (1965) is Rattler.
Andrew Wyeth's Master Bedroom
Does anyone know what the dogs name is on the bed in Wyeth's work Master Bedroom I have seen two dogs mentioned while searching, Rattler and Kass? I would also like to know who Betty is. I have heard that she posed for him at one tine.
Wyeth Print "Alternate Version" of Distant Thunder?
I have a print of the Distant Thunder woman: Short hair, shirt white and blousier, hat thrown to her left side, with two blueberry boxes to her right. A majestic white-flowering meadow plant is directly to the left of her head as she rests in complete repose. Noticible are her expressive hands which are not simply folded. The signiture and date of August 1961 are fixed in the print, as in not hand-signed. It's a small print: 30X 20 cm.
Anyone know the name of the print? Can't find it online! Thanks!
I picked up a framed print of "Northern Point" at estate sale because I always have admired Adrew Wyeth's work. I few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Maine and the Farnsworth Museum to view more of the families fine paintings. While in an art gallery in Rockport I noticed that they had a copy of the same print I had purchased and it was worth quite a bit. Upon returning home I checked my print and it wasn't signed or numbered. Do you think it could be valuable or is it probably an less expensive reproduction? Is there an easy way I could tell? Either way it is enjoyable to look at.
Andrew Wyeth Tempera "April xxx"
My aunt recently showed me what I believe might be an Andrew Wyeth Tempera that she purchased in an antique store. The signature looks to be authentic. you can also make out "Study in Tempera" and the title of the work is "April somthing" I can't make out the word after April. It is of a man sitting on a decaying log looking out over a field. the man is wearing a coat and the feel of the work is that it is cool-perhaps late fall. Any help would be much appreciated. I can't seem to find any reference to the work on line.
Why hasn't there been more attention given to Andrew Wyeth's painting composition. I think he is on the cutting edge when it comes to composing a painting. He really stretches the boundries.
Thank you Edite
Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy you enjoyed the article.
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
I have a book given to me Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates 1st edition . The illustrations were done by Howard Pyle and Andrew Wyeth, could anyone tell me about this.
Hello. I only just caught up with LA Times piece about you by Paul Lieberman, which was reprinted as the lead article in the Sunday Portland Press Herald (August 12 issue).
What most impressed me was how much your own voice came across in this piece -- astute, funny, pithy, great turn of phrase. As a literary agent (in Maine), I naturally think you should write a book -- not to exploit your own family but because you have such a unique voice of your own. Seriously. Edite
Mr a/o Mrs Wyeth
Please accept the very best of wishes always from the Allan L. Robbins family of Thomaston. I often chuckle when reminded of the old family story of how Andy was one of the judges for the Thomaston 4th of July parades with my mom (Verla.) The Courier Gazette reporter covering the "breaking news" of the event, asked someone-
"Who's that man standing beside Dr Worthing?"
eary october 1961
I am wondering what the value might be from an original Early October drawing by Andrew Wyeth. On the back it says collection of Mrs. Andrew Wyeth.
victoria wyeth article
what a great article in the la times. i laughed out loud when i read the part about you posing for your grandfather and he not paying you, so you found a place where he charged gas and you charged gas there for a few years! haha. great stuff. thanks to townsend for posting that.
Just for the record my grandfather does not EVER mentor anyone - not even his own son. Thanks
Townsend Stites C. Crum
Vic in the LA Times
Anyone who wants to know more about the real Victoria Wyeth (or as we (her buddies) like to call her "Vic") should check out a recent article published in the LA Times. She made the front page. Search her name with the LA Times. GO VIC!!!!! Party on wayne!!
Eric Standard is a close friend of my family. He posed for a rather handsome nude years ago titled "The Clearing".
Andy's B-day and antique pencils
First of all Happy Birthday!! Andy had a FANTASTIC B-Day. we shot off cannons, ate BBQ chicken and corn and had 2 cakes.
I JUST spoke with Andy and told him about your email. He said the following, "I am so sorry I never got back to you. I remember your pencils quite well. I enjoyed them immensely. Thank you so much for thinking of me." Hope this helps.
Hi Nancy. Thanks for your question. "Monday Morning" was painted in front of my grandfathers studio in Chadds Ford, Pa. Here is what he said, "One morning I woke up and my wife (Betsy) had left her wash basket outside). The thing that really got me was the snow inside the basket. And then the tiny clothespin in the snow. You dont see something like that everyday." You might check the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford they hang it every once in a while. Thanks so much.
We have the subject print (No. 1185) copyright Aaron Ashley, Inc. of Yonkers, NY and just love it. At the bottom, it says Syracuse University Collection. Does this mean they have the original and prints were made from it?
Andy Wyeth birthday
Hoping this reaches Victoria Wyeth, I am an artist from PA and I share your Grandfather's birthday. I have met him twice in Chadds Ford where I gave him two lead figurines, one of a drummer boy to represent "that we both march to the beat of a different drummer" and a hound dog for all of his pet hound dogs he has painted. Last year I sent him a box of old antique drawing pencils for his birthday but never heard if he received them. I sent them to Cushing and would love to know if they got through to him. I know N.C. was thrilled that Andy was born on Thoreau's birthday and I have also enjoyed sharing a birthday with these two giants of American Art and Literature. Hope to hear from you. Thanks, Doug
for what its worth...it seems like a lot of people are curious about whether or not their prints/posters are of value. one source is the chadds ford gallery. you can find it online. if you find the link that says, "order from catalogue" you might be able to find your artwork and compare it to the prices there. obviously, anything signed is best, but there are some unsigned collotypes that have increased in value as well.
Farnsworth Museum/Olson House Tours
Had a chance to tour the Farnsworth Museum with Victoria Wyeth this week. An absolutely incredible experience. Victoria's exuberance and sincerity open a view of the works of Andrew, James and N.C. not previously possible. This is a must for anyone seeking to understand the significance of this art.
Tom Hoving: two worlds of Andrew Wyeth
I am grateful for this reference. Thank you!
I am also wondering... it is told that when Andrew Wyeth was 20, his father mounted an exhibit of selected watercolors (Andrew's I mean), in NY, that was fantastically successful. The very (very) few earlier watercolors I have seen, seem remarkably different in style (i dont like this word...) and have a loose, and flowing (perhaps youthful?)quality of their own. Is there a list of the titles from that exhibition?
Is the dog Rattler related to the dog "Coke" that I met at my nephew's wedding reception in the carriage house at the estate in Brandywine? The two dogs look quite similar.
Did Andrew ever mentor any younger painters other then his son Jamie?
how does he do it?
Of the many great books about Andrew, is there on in particular, in which he discusses his techniques in some detail?
teel's island print
I have a Teel's Island print which states dry brush, 1954, collection of Mr & Mrs. Robert Montgomery. I am confused about 1 person having so many of them I say one on an auction for $15,000. How can that be?
Response to Kelly Duke
The subject of the model in "The Lighthouse" is Richard Mills who was Jamie Wyeth's nephew.
I also have a Teel's Island that states "dry brush", 1954, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Montgomery, did you learn anything about this, thanks
I was wondering what Andrew Wyeth thought of other contemporary artist's like Mondrian, Klee, Matisse and Edward Hopper? Does he enjoy work modern abstraction because I remember a lecture saying he usually starts his paintings as pure abstraction.
Master Bedroom is a watercolor painted in 1965. It is on display at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. It was done in my grandparents house in Cushing, Maine and depicts our family dog, Rattler, taking a snooze on Andy's bed. He said he called it master bedroom because Rattler has taken over the bed as though the dog was master of the house.
Andy is doing fantastic!! I had lunch with him at the local tavern on monday and he had just returned from working on a watercolor. He still lives with his wife Betsy in Pennsylvania and also in Maine. And, most important, he is still painting. He just fininished a HUGE tempera.
i was wondering about the health of andrew wyeth? does he still live in chadds ford ? does he stillpaint?
I find the painting Master Bedroom very beautiful. I wondered if anyone knew what year it was painted and if they knew any story line behind it; no-matter how simple the details any information would be nice.
I would love any information on this painting, the year, where this room might be, if in Pa, the reason behind it..Please any info..I have search on the web but no clue how to search anymore, tried the name, the artist, Pa..nothing but it is now out of print. Thanks in advance for any information.
Have encountered several large prints, appro. 35X17", of the painting Northern Point, some are referenced as "Collotype prints". I'm under the impression these large prints are all from a single limited printing about 1971. Can anyone confirm if all these prints are Collotype, and if not, how to determine the Collotype from another printing process.
Question for Victoria
Hi Victoria. I also noticed that you post on this site. I am trying to get any information that I can about some possible drawings that Andrew may have begun on my grandfather, David Bachtle. He was a big German man who ran a Landscaping business in Mendenhall. I'm unsure whether he began the sketches or not on him. I just found this out recently and would love to find out if this is so. Please email me. Thank You in advance for any information.
Jamie Wyeth - The Lighthouse
Can anyone tell me if the person in this painting is a woman or a man? Thank you for your help!
The name of Andrew Wyeth's dog in the painting "Distant Thunder" is Rattler.
I am looking for the LARGEST print of Andrew Wyeth's "Master Bedroom". I saw one with a cat on a bed measuring somewhere around 39" long. That is the size I'm looking for. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks for your help.
I have a framed picture with a label pasted to the back that reads "Teel's Island, 1954 fromthe collection of Mr and Mrs Robert Montgomery" I am looking for any information about this
name of Wyeth's Dog
I would like to know the name of Wyeth's Dog,would you please...we have a small of Art critic class about Distant Thunder and the student want to know the dog name
I would like to know if Andrew Wyeth has any current exhibits in the International community. I am writing a research paper on Andrew Wyeth and I need to prove that he has become known internationally.
I have a framed picture of a boat lying in a field and appears signed by Andrew Wyeth but not number. It has a typed notation on a label pasted on the back that states" TEEL'S ISLAND DRY BRUSH, 22 3/4 x 9 3/4",1954 collection of Mr and Mrs Robert Montgomery
It dosen't appear to be a print but rather a ??water color with pen/?ink strokes??? to enhance the effect of grasses in the field.
What do I have???
Rick and Widows walk
Hi Rick. Thank you for your compliment -- I do love doing my tours. Regarding your question -- "Widows Walk" was painted at this wonderful old 19th century house in Chadds Ford, PA. I know it looks like Maine because of the water but my grandfather decided that rather then puttign a highway in back of the house it would look a bit more exciting to have water. The house in this painting is also the same house featured in the tempera "Renfield" (the two paintings hung on the same wall quite close to each other.)
Hi Victoria, I see that you post to this site, which I just discovered, so I wanted to take a chance you might read this. My fiance and I were at the BRM yesterday and caught the last half of your tour. You were a total delight! I know Andrew is your grandfather, but we were wondering who are your parents? Anyway, we also both attended the exhibit at the Phila. Museum of Art several times this year, and were blown away by it. One painting in particular was called Widow's Walk, which I had never seen before. Can you give me any info on this painting? I just stood there and stared at it for about an hour. Where could I see this again, is it in a museum or in private collection? Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Young Fisherman and Dory
The painting of Young Fisherman and Dory intrigues us. The fisherman looks exactly like my father-in-law, Robert MacKinnon, from Yarmouth, Maine, who is deceased. Does anyone know the story behind the painting?
Millgirl in No. 4
I recently purchased a signed watercolor print (236/1000)titled as above at a charity silent auction in CT. I have no information other than the fact that it was donated for auction and might be of an old mill in Willimantic, CT. If anyone can tell me when this work was done, what the subject is, or any other insight I would greatly appreciate it.
The Sexton is in a private collection.
The tempera "Spring Fed" is in a private collection. If you have ANY questions regarding prints I would suggest calling Barbara at the Chadds Ford gallery. She specializes in my grndfathers prints.
Early October/Writing Chair
The print was titled "Early October" but the original is titled "The Writing Chair". It is in a private collection.
Early October by Andrew Wyeth
I am trying to find out more about this print. Where is the original? Did someone copy this and make smaller prints, because it is not the dimensions it says.
I, too have a print of the two Canvasbacks hanging from a wood door. I would appreciate any information, including what it is called. Thanks, in advance. It looks like one of his pencil drawings, but I'd like to know more.
the writing chair
I recently purchased a framed and signed print or copy of "the wrtiting chair" from a little antique shop. I am trying to get information on the dimensions of the original of this and when was the original painting was done. Also, the paper that this is on appears to be textured and not smooth like other prints I have. Just trying to figure out what I have here.
Any information will be apprereciated as I am quite a novice.
The original is owned by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour is a tempera painting that was painted in my grandparents house in Cushing, Maine. The room is referred to as "the school room" due to the fact that it was once used as a school house for children in Maine. My grandfather explained that he loved the idea of the reflection of the candles in the window.
Andrew Wyeth's "The Sexton"
My father-in-law works at a cemetery in central Pennsylvania and "The Sexton" is hanging in his boss' office. Neither of them know if it is a print or an original or how it came to be there. Could anyone give me more information about the painting and tell me who last owned the original and if it is on display? Thank you.
The Witching Hour
I am taking an art appreciation course and have been intrigued by Andrew Wyeth's The Witching Hour. Does anyone know of any reference material on this tempera pice or background information. Thanks Bill H
Northern Point print Andrew Wyeth
Re: "Northern Point" Andrew Wyeth - Where is the original located? Are the prints now "out-of-print"? Thank you.
the olsen farm
I am trying to find info on a framed picture of The Olsen Farm. It was framed for Gaylord Bros. in Ny. It appears to be old. It has the biography of Andrew Wyeth on the back.
My daughter just found a framed oil reproduction of That Gentleman, approximately 16 inches by 31 inches, unmarked except for a beautifully calligraphed card stapled to the back with the title, artist's name and the number "No. 1,000". Does anyone know if this is from an authorized run? I would appreciate any information. Thanks!
Does anyone have any information on the painting and prints entitled, Fog Bell?
Also, where could I find a definitve history of Mr. Wyeth's works.
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
painting of chair/jacket
I have a print of what looks like a school chair/desk with a small green jacket hanging on it.This sits in an empty room with a window.Looking for help identifying it and what it is supposed to represent.
I recently bought a framed Northern Point with an embossed 'AW' on the matting. I have not taken the picture apart to see if it is signed. Why is the AW there and would it be signed underneath?
frank e. fowler
You can view "Night Nurse" at The Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock. And as Victoria mentioned earlier, the nurse, Pam Cowe, assisted Mr. Wyeth during his recovery from hip replacement surgery.
You can view the study for night nurse at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA thru July 16. The nurse is Pam Cowe. She has posed several times for Andrew mostly during his hip replacement surgery. The idea for night nurse started when he saw Pam running out of the house in Maine to smoke a cigerette. He was after the effect of the fog
Outpost is an egg tempera painted in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The subject is the artist's wife Betsy Wyeth who is standing in front of a building on the artists property. The picture is often on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
When was Master Bedroom painted?
The subject says it all, when was Master Bedroom painted? I'm guessing the 70s. I am hoping to be able to take my family to see the original while it's at Brandywine.
Help with possible Wyeth print....
Hello..I need help. Is this a Wyeth print, and if so, does anyone know the name and who the young man is?.....Young man lying in a field of grass with two bushels (baskets) of blueberries lying to the right of him. A brown hat is lying on his left, he has a white long-sleeved cotton shirt on, dark pants, no shoes, and white flowers are to the left of him. He hands are lying on his lower abdomen. It shows mostly his profile, he is looking toward the flowers, eyes shut. Any help would be wonderful. Thank you.
need information please on a picture
I have a very old picture of a barn window with a pale on a pipe, cows outside, its been in the family for many many years, it has Andrew Wyeth on the back and the word Crescent on it any info you could give me would be appreciated , thanks connie farley
Frank E. Fowler
Name of painting: Joe:4/29/06
Evening at Kuerners
Andrew Wyeth watercolor
Today I purchased at auction an Andrew Wyeth watercolor? of a house covered in snow and a tall barn and snowy fields. Does anyone know the name of this? The colors have dark undertones and almost take on an "etching" appearance.
Name of Painting?
I am trying to recall the name of a Wyeth painting. It was of a house on the hills....there was a light on in only one window of the home. If anyone can recall a painting similar to that by Wyeth I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
Marshall Point Light, Maine
I just had an old copy framed. You probably have a hand-colored lithograph printed by Ketterlinus Litho Co.(Philadelphia) early in the 1950's. The original watercolor (painted 1937) is in a private collection
I found it! It was The Outpost. Lovely. Anyone know where the original is, who the subject was, or any other info on this one?
I have an old print of a lone figure in a longish dark coat standing in the snow. The figure is also wearing a hat. I've always thought it was a woman, but I've heard varying opinions from houseguests. Thanks in advance if you know the piece.
Andrew Wyeth, "The Sexton" (1950)?
I am trying to locate a 1950 painting by Andrew Wyeth called "The Sexton." I would love to see it. Does anyone know who owns it, where it is on exhibition, if any publications have reproduced it, and/or if it part of the current Philadelphia Museum of Art retrospective? Thank you!
The name of the painting you saw in Atlanta is "Adrift". It is an egg tempera. It appears in the catalogue for the "Memory and Magic" exhibition and it also appears in the "Wondrous Strange" catalogue.
Master Bedroom is currently on loan (for the next 3 or four years) to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Master Bedroom on exhibition?
My favorite piece by Andrew Wyeth is "Master Bedroom" and I know it has been in private collection. However, I was wondering if anyone knows if it is part of the current exhbition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or elsewhere? I am willing to travel anywhere to see the original. Thank you. - Kathleen
I am trying to recall the name of an Andrew Wyeth painting I saw at the recent exhibit at the High Musuem in Atlanta.
The painting depicts a bearded old man, and friend of Wyeth's, lying down in a drifting dory. It is a haunting, elegiac painting, and for the life of me I can't recall the name. I'd appreciate an email from anyone who knows the painting I mean. Thanks, Patrick
Canvasback Ducks hanging from door. Andrew Wyeth
I am replying to Drew. I have what appears to be an old print of two canvasback ducks hanging from a wooden door. It is lovely and I believe it came from a private collection.
does anyone know it there were copies made of "marshall point light, maine". it appears to be water color on canvas is signed but not dated and wanted to find out if mine is real. thanks for any input.
Yesterday, in Atlanta, I went to the Andrew Wyeth art exhibit. I saw a print with a woman lying on the grass, with a box of blueberries, a cup and a pair of binoculars by her side. There was also a yellow lab lying in the grass, close to her. Does anyone know the name of the paining?
This painting was done in Chadds Ford, PA at the Kuerner farm. Karl and his wife Anna were great friends of Andrerw's. Andrew painted the Kuerner's, their house, and their lives for many years. Two excellent books which discusses the Kuerners and there connection to Andrew's life are: Richard Merryman - "A Secret Life" and Tom Hoving "The Two Worlds of Andrew Wyeth." The latter is out of print but is often available on ebay.
The subject of the tempera painting "Nicholas" is Andy Wyeth's son (my father) Nicholas Wyeth. Nicholas has served as Andrew's art dealer for decades. The painting was done in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania when Nicholas was a young man. The print you are referring to is no longer available and was part of the Triton Press Portfolio from the 1950's.
The woman in "Night Nurse" was Andy Wyeth's nurse during his hip replacement. She has appeared in several paintings (Bareback, etc.)
Print of "Nicholas"
My husband and I have the print "Nicholas" I've searched, but cannot find any information on it. Where is the original? How many prints are there out there? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
Did Andrew Wyeth ever paint two duck hangig from a wood door?
The Writing Chair
When was this painted? Where is the original housed? Is there a story behind its being painted? I adore it!!
I just acquired a print of Andrew Wyeth's painting of his dog Rattler sleeping on a bed. Do you know the dog breed? He looks a lot like my dog, a terrier mix.
I too own a signed print of "April Wind" I do not know if it is authentic.
But it is captivating.
So peaceful, but yet lonely.
signature verification on westward ho
Hello, I was at a yard sale in upstate N.Y. and I purchased 2 paintings of sailing ships, spanish perhaps? they are signed but I can't make out the name, a friend told me that these may be originals. They are in very nice frames, very well done. Where could I find a signature to compare? Thank you, Jim The name of the painting is Westward Ho dated 1927.
Is the lady in the painting Night Nurse any one in particular?
Barn Dance Print
Our family has a print of "Barn Dance" which has penned at the bottom, "To Sanders to remember the days spent working on the Brandywine book." On the back of the framing it says Print by Andrew Wyeth and that part appears to be written by Mr. Wyeth''s handwriting. It is not for sale as it came to us from John Patterson, a family friend and he also was a friend of Chris Sanderson. How many of these prints exist? I understand it is from 1940 but that is all I can find out.
Master Bedroom was painted in Cushing, Maine. The painting features the artists dog Rattler sleeping on a bed. The original is in a private collection.
I have recently found a large 35" tall Northern Point print along with a newspaper article about the original painting. It is framed in a wooden glass free painting type frame. Has this hurt the value?
I teach for an Adult Education service in UK. It's great because I have the freedom that schools no longer have to teach what I feel to be important. I'm constantly using Andrew's refrain with my students '..don't overdo it, don't underdo it. Do it just on the line..'
Though I am no art expert, I was skimming through a catalogue/book in my collection from a 1967 exhbition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, that I found recently in a local used book store. In it, it describes "Northern Point" as a 1950 tempera, apparently in the collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. There is a fairly long vignette about this painting. But, to summarize it, the artist climbed out onto the roof of Henry Teel's house in Maine to see the sea and islands "beyond". The shining ball of the lightning rod brought back childhood memories of climbing on a roof. (To me, the same perpective is used in a later tempera, "End of Olson's" as well.)
Victoria Browning Wyeth
ID on painting
I believe the the title of the painting you are referring to is "Henry Teel." It is an egg tempera painted in Maine in 1945. It is owned by the Concinnati Art Museum. I would contact the museum for further information about the painting.
Victoria Browning Wyeth
Andy is alive and well. He recently turned 87. He still paints daily and enjoys life to the fullest!
Victoria Browning Wyeth
Betsy James Wyeth
Yes Betsy is still alive and well. She is about to celebrate her birthday(she was born in 1921).
Victoria Browning Wyeth
wyeth & hopper
I just asked Andy to answer your question so here is your direct quote: "Oh yes. I met Edward Hopper numerous times. Wonderful man. I was a great admirer of his work as he was of mine."
Vicotoria Browning Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth Painting
Information regarding ownership of Andy's works is ALWAYS confidential.
Does anyone know the story of this painting? There appears to be an RCMP in the picture, leading me to wonder if the schooner is in Canada. Do you know if this is from a real event, a real schooner? Any info would be appreciated.
wyeth & hopper
Did Andrew Wyeth ever meet Edward Hopper or comment on his work? Was Hopper an influence on Wyeth in the conveying of the abstract through realism?
I am an art student in London. Thank you.
a fan and an artist
I have admired Andrew Wyeth's work since I was a small girl. For my Mothers influencing faith and believed in my Art work I became alured by Mr. Wyeth's techniqes, his colors in his painting. It would be a great honor to meet such an Artist of his calibur.
Portrait of HF Du Pont
The December, 2001 50th anniversary issue of "Winterthur" magazine carries an outstanding essay by Joyce Hill Stoner on the subject of the Henry Francis du Pont portrait. Stoner is a leading Wyeth Scholar and serves as the painting conservator for the Wyeth family.
The article explores Wyeth's method and the relationship between two of the Brandywine Valley's most famous men.
Can anybody help me in locating any sources that specifically discuss Wyeth's techniques in painting watercolors and drybrush. I'm also trying to figure what type of watercolor he uses. There are things he does with watercolor that I'm really interested in figuring out. If anybody can help I would sure appreciate it.
Wind from the Sea
About twenty years ago I
saw what I think was a copy of this painting for sale at the Brandywine Museum and at the time was unable to buy it. I would love to have this now. Is it available any where? Thanks.
"The Apron" in the News!
news from the ASSOCIATED PRESS on 4/2/2001
"The Greenville County Museum of Art has spent more than $73,000 to buy Andrew Wyeth's 1967 painting ``The Apron,' which depicts the artist's most famous model, Christina Olson.
The museum commission paid $73,237 for the painting at a Sotheby's auction in New York City. It had approved $150,000 toward the purchase."
Missing Wyeth Artwork
Missing Wyeth artwork Please contact us if you can help determine where this watercolor had been during the past 33 years, before it turned up at Christies' Dec. 2000. Thank you! firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDREW WYETH - RARE BOOK
I am trying to find the value of book by the artist dated 1969. It is simply titled "Andrew Wyeth"-copyrighted in 1969. It is numbered 101 of 300 and signed by the artist himself. Thank you.
The March 2001 issue of Victoria Magazine features a two-page spread on Victoria Wyeth, the granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth. A 1999 portrait of Victoria painted by Andrew Wyeth can be seen in print for the first time.
The article is entitled "Victoria and Andy" and was written by Terry Michael.