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Andrew Wyeth

American, 1917–2009

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Andrew Wyeth

American, 1917–2009

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When other mid-20th century artists were drawn toward abstraction, Andrew Wyeth continued his exploration of domestic realism, painting both interiors and exteriors of the farm and industrial buildings of the Pennsylvania countryside, and, in the summers, the clapboard houses and stark landscape of the Maine coast. After his father N.C. Wyeth died in a 1945 car accident, he began to incorporate images of people into his paintings, most famously his neighbor Helga Testorf. Rendered in egg tempera, Wyeth's keenly observed images have a pared down sparseness that gives them a palpable sense of quiet. Wyeth was the first visual artist to appear on the cover of Time magazine and the first living American-born artist to have a show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Biography

When other mid-20th century artists were drawn toward abstraction, Andrew Wyeth continued his exploration of domestic realism, painting both interiors and exteriors of the farm and industrial buildings of the Pennsylvania countryside, and, in the summers, the clapboard houses and stark landscape of the Maine coast. After his father N.C. Wyeth died in a 1945 car accident, he began to incorporate images of people into his paintings, most famously his neighbor Helga Testorf. Rendered in egg tempera, Wyeth's keenly observed images have a pared down sparseness that gives them a palpable sense of quiet. Wyeth was the first visual artist to appear on the cover of Time magazine and the first living American-born artist to have a show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Shows Featuring Andrew Wyeth
Articles Featuring Andrew Wyeth
The Untold Legacy of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew’s Artist Father
Jun 13th, 2019
The Untold Legacy of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew’s Artist Father
The Controversial Story behind Andrew Wyeth’s Most Famous Painting
Aug 31st, 2017
The Controversial Story behind Andrew Wyeth’s Most Famous Painting
Artsy Insight: Andrew Wyeth Brings the Outdoors Inside
Feb 3rd, 2013
Artsy Insight: Andrew Wyeth Brings the Outdoors Inside
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