More Wyeth Works Available – Chadds Ford Live
The Wyeth Foundation for American Art announced that it has established a collection sharing agreement managed by the Brandywine River Museum of Art, an approach that will ensure that the vast collection of works by Andrew and Betsy Wyeth from the artist is accessible to the public.
The foundation’s collection – collected primarily by Betsy, who was Andrew Wyeth’s muse and also carefully documented his career – is deeply personal and provides significant insight into Wyeth’s artistic and professional trajectory. It includes nearly 7,000 works from Wyeth’s seven decades as a working artist, with rarely seen paintings, watercolours, sketches and sketchbooks. The Brandywine will oversee the collection and, with a new curator position at the museum funded by the Wyeth Foundation to oversee the collection, will conduct research, develop exhibits and make works available for loan to other institutions. The Wyeth Foundation collection will be co-located at Brandywine and the Farnsworth Art Museum and rotating displays of works will be presented in the galleries of both museums throughout the year.
Based in Chadds Ford, the BRM focuses on American art and has a longstanding relationship with the Wyeth family. The museum has generated some of the most valued exhibitions and scholarship across three generations of Wyeth family artists. In 2017, Brandywine’s Andrew Wyeth: looking back The exhibition featured over 100 of the artist’s most important paintings and works on paper, as well as a catalog publishing new insights into his work and career.
The Farnsworth, in Rockland, Maine, is also recognized for its ties to the Wyeth family, who spent summers living and working in Maine. His recent exhibition Andrew Wyeth: Maine’s Legacy highlighted the artist’s ties to the region. In Pennsylvania and Maine, the Wyeths were drawn to the landscapes and people who live there, finding inspiration for works that capture both the majesty of nature and the everyday lives of the artists and their subjects.
“We are delighted to formalize a partnership with the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum to ensure Andrew and Betsy Wyeth’s collection is well cared for and accessible to the public,” said J. Robinson West, the President. of the Board of Trustees of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. “The Wyeth family is closely tied to both Chadds Ford and coastal Maine, with long ties to both of these institutions. This collections management arrangement builds on the expertise of these two great museums in managing works of art, while emphasizing the Foundation’s mission to support scholarship and exhibitions of Wyeth’s work, today and in the future, both in these two museums and throughout the world. .”
The foundation also announced today that it has made an outright gift to the Brandywine River Museum of Art of nearly 200 works of art formerly in the collection of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth. Highlights of the gift include over 40 works by NC Wyeth, whose letters were published by Betsy Wyeth in 1970, leading to a major re-examination of her career. Also included are more than 30 works by Howard Pyle, as well as paintings and drawings by Daniel Garber, Carolyn Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth Hurd, Peter Hurd, John McCoy, George A. “Frolic” Weymouth and others. This donation further strengthens the extensive collections of Brandywine works by NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Henrietta and Carolyn Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth, all of whom resided nearby. The Brandywine also owns and operates NC Wyeth’s Home and Studio, Andrew Wyeth’s Studio, and the Kuerner Farm, ensuring that all three National Historic Landmarks are maintained and open to the public.
“We are thrilled with this generous and transformative gift which will significantly enhance Brandywine’s already extensive assemblage of American landscape paintings and illustrations, providing the Museum with the largest collection of NC Wyeth art and very important collections of works of Howard Pyle,” said Thomas Padon. , James H. Duff, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. This follows a historic donation to the Farnsworth of 26 works by three generations of Wyeth Family artists from Betsy Wyeth’s collection made through the Wyeth Foundation in the summer of 2021.