THE WON­DER OF WYETH

FOR THE 100TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF ARTIST AN­DREW WYETH’S BIRTH, THE BRANDYWINE RIVER MU­SEUM OF ART CON­SID­ERS THE MAN BE­HIND THE BRUSH IN A MA­JOR EX­HIBIT.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY JOANN GRECO Pen­te­cost, 1989, tem­pera

For the 100th an­niver­sary of artist An­drew Wyeth’s birth, the Brandywine River Mu­seum of Art con­sid­ers the man be­hind the brush in a ma­jor ex­hibit.

All sum­mer long, the Brandywine River Mu­seum of Art cel­e­brates the 100th birthday of An­drew Wyeth by ex­hibit­ing more than 100 works, drawn from its col­lec­tions and from around the coun­try. The youngest son of famed chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tor N.C. Wyeth, the artist, who died in 2009 and was born in Chadds Ford, has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the Brandywine Val­ley and its moody land­scapes.

Ar­ranged chrono­log­i­cally, the ex­hibit, on view from June 24 to Septem­ber 17, be­gins with wa­ter­col­ors from the 1930s that “will sur­prise even those fa­mil­iar with his work,” prom­ises cu­ra­tor Au­drey Lewis. “They’re eye-open­ing in their spon­tane­ity and bril­liant col­ors,” she says.

By the 1940s, we see Wyeth fall­ing un­der the spell of tem­pera—also a wa­ter­sol­u­ble medium but one made a bit heav­ier by the ad­di­tion of a gluti­nous binder such as egg yolk. “Tem­pera al­lowed him to work more de­lib­er­ately and slowly,” ex­plains Lewis.

Works from the 1950s and ’60s are “par­tic­u­larly mov­ing,” Lewis says, “as Wyeth be­gins to fo­cus on a small African-amer­i­can com­mu­nity in Chadds Ford. He wanted to know them more deeply, as he of­ten did with in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies. For him, fa­mil­iar­ity opened his eyes to sub­tleties.”

Gal­leries ex­plor­ing Wyeth’s later years in­clude nudes and psy­cho­log­i­cally and com­po­si­tion­ally com­plex works that cast a re­flec­tive look back on his long career. “I think peo­ple will re­ally re­spond to Good­bye (2008),” says Lewis. “It’s the last paint­ing he fin­ished be­fore he died and in­cludes many of the mo­tifs he re­turned to again and again in his career.” 1 Hoff­man’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, 610-3882700; brandywine.org

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