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Artist Biography

 Andrew Wyeth is one of the most popular American artists of our time. His work has been praised, condemned and commercialized to the extent that an almost mythological aura surrounds him. During a career that spans over half a century, he has created some of the most powerful, enduring, and disturbing images in American art while remaining remarkably consistent in technique, style, and subject matter.

The youngest of the five children of Newell Convers and Carolyn Brenneman Wyeth, Andrew was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1917. N. C. created an exciting and romantic atmosphere for his children and carefully nurtured their individual talents. Due to frail health as a child, Andrew was schooled at home and was taught the fundamentals of drawing by his father. N. C. who also instilled in him a love of history, literature, and art history. From the time he had his first solo exhibition at New York's Macbeth Gallery in 1937, Wyeth’s work has been seen and appreciated all over the world.

One of the most distinct features of Wyeth’s work is the intensely narrow focus of his subject matter. These subjects include the people and landscape of two distinct locales: his birthplace of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and his summer home in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth’s close, even obsessive scrutiny of the seemingly ordinary lives and surroundings of his friends and neighbors makes some viewers uncomfortable. This sense of unease is intensified by Wyeth’s preference for the precise, hyper-real medium of egg tempera, combined with his typically muted palette of earth tones, and a prevailing sense of melancholy and isolation.

Wyeth’s work is found in public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.