NEW YORK, NY.- Christies
announces Wyeths World, an online private selling exhibition featuring a selection of pictures by Andrew Wyeth (19172009). An icon of American art, Wyeth famously remained true to his realist approach in an era when abstract art reigned. From works on paper under $100,000 to multi-million dollar temperas, the works featured within this exhibition provide a glimpse into the intriguing world that inspired Wyeths art. The virtual gallery experience will run from June 19 July 17.
Works in this exhibition span Wyeths career and his experience in small-town communities in Maine and Pennsylvania. Transforming visions of these neighborhoods via unique perspectives and poignant atmosphere, Wyeths world embodied a distinct timelessness and quiet dignity that was uniquely his own.
Tylee Abbott, Vice President, Specialist of American Art, comments: Christies is thrilled to host this innovative virtual exhibition dedicated to the art of Andrew Wyeth. Personally, having been born and raised in Pennsylvanias Wyeth country, Im always amazed by the ubiquity of his artwork. It speaks to Wyeths genius as an artist, both in his practice and his purpose, that his unique interpretation of everyday subjects from our little corner of the world is personally poignant to an incredibly broad and diverse audience. The works featured here provide a taste of this iconic artists timeless poetry.
Throughout his career, Andrew Wyeth frequently found subject matter for his emotive paintings in the landscape and community of hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. In the tempera Ring Road of 1985, Wyeth depicts the ruins of Mother Archies Church, once a vibrant gathering place for local African American families, many of whom were Wyeths friends. Wyeth painted the church several times starting in the 1930s. In Ring Road, the stillness of the snow-covered scene, only interrupted by the remains of the building and a yellow warning sign, underscores the fragility of life and the changing times, as seen through Wyeths eyes.
The exceptional large-scale tempera Sparks, painted in 2001, depicts the grand hearth of Wyeths Chadds Ford area farmhouse, and provides a rare glimpse into intimate details of the artists daily life as a poignant personal reflection.
In addition to his focus on Pennsylvania subjects, throughout his long career, Wyeth would also find inspiration in his everyday surroundings in Maine, where his family spent summers. Maine was importantly where Wyeth met his wife Betsy, who became a key supporter of his career, and where she introduced him to Anna Christina Olson, the subject of Christinas World (1948, The Museum of Modern Art, New York), among the most recognizable artworks in the world.
In his early Maine watercolors, Wyeth followed in the footsteps of nineteenth-century American painter Winslow Homer to focus on the relationship between man and the sea along the coast of Maine. In works such as The Lobster Man, commissioned as a potential Maxwell House Coffee advertisement in the 1940s, Wyeth skillfully utilizes watercolor washes in blue and green to capture the atmosphere of a still morning on the ocean. The model was the artists friend, Forrest Wall, creating a more personal and therefore meaningful scene.
SELECT HIGHLIGHTS | WYETHS WORLD
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Sparks, tempera on gessoed panel, 44 x 47 ¾ in. Painted in 2001.
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), The Lobster Man, watercolor on paper, 19 ½ x 26 ½ in. Executed circa 1945-49.
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Island Porch, watercolor on paper 13 1/4 x 22 in. Executed in 1999.
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Kuerners, watercolor and gouache on paper, 20 x 28 in. Executed in 1966.
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Undercover and Study for Evening at Kuerners: A Double-Sided Work, drybrush, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 27 x 40 in. (68.6 x 101.6 cm.). Executed in 1970.