Jerald Melberg Gallery will be exhibiting paintings, drawings and watercolors by N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), his son Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and his grandson Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). All works will be available for acquisition.
About N.C. Wyeth:
Newell Convers Wyeth (N.C.), often called the patriarch of America's First Family of Art, established a career of depicting American landscape that has reverberated for generations. Nature was his deepest fascination, and he developed a masterful capacity to portray the subtleties of light and shadow, which became the subject of many of his still lifes, portraits, and landscapes. He began his art career illustrating covers for major magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post. Scribner’s commissioned him on several occasions to provide illustrations for such literary classics as Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Boy’s King Arthur by Sidney Lanier. He began exhibiting work in galleries in 1939. Jerald Melberg Gallery will showcase five oil paintings by N.C. Wyeth.
Public collections of N.C.'s work are on display at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, and in Maine at the Portland Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. The Brandywine River Museum offers tours of the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, which were designated as National Historic Landmarks in 1997.
About Andrew Wyeth:
Often Acclaimed as America's Painter, Andrew Wyeth is one of the most well-known and influential painters in the history of American art. He is revered for his watercolor and tempera paintings of the people and places in and around his homes in Chadds Ford and Cushing, Maine. Jerald Melberg Gallery will exhibit a total of thirteen watercolors and drawings on paper, which will include landscapes and images of Helga, his Chadds Ford neighbor who modeled secretly for him for fifteen years.
Andrew Wyeth has been honored innumerable times during his career, most notably in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy named Wyeth the first artist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian award. In 1988 he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and in 2007 he received the Presidential Medal of Arts from George W. Bush. Additionally, he was the first living American artist to have a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1976-1977) and also at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (1980). Other major retrospectives of Wyeth's work were held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2006), the Whitney Museum of Art (1998), the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998-1999) and twice at the National Gallery of Art (1987, 2014). Andrew Wyeth became the youngest elected member of both the American Watercolor Society and the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1940 and 1950, respectively. He was elected membership to the Institut de France Académie des Beaux Arts, Paris (1977) and the Soviet Academy of the Arts, Leningrad (1978), and also was inducted as an Honorary Member into the Royal Society of Painters and Watercolorists, London (1986). This year, the United States Postal Service will issue a pane of stamps depicting twelve different Andrew Wyeth paintings, with the official dedication ceremony taking place at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on July 12, 2017, the 100th anniversary of his birth.
About Jamie Wyeth:
Acclaimed realist painter James Browning Wyeth (Jamie) is the third generation of highly praised American artists. Committing himself to an artistic career by the age of 12, Jamie chose to be tutored at home in traditional lessons and spent the afternoons under the tutelage of his Aunt Carolyn, also an artist. Like his father and grandfather before him, his work mirrors his surroundings, with early paintings depicting his hometown Chadds Ford and later work portraying urban life in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Wyeth's work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Brandywine River Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. A traveling career retrospective took place from 2014-2015 with four showings at national museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. From March-June 2016, Jamie and Andrew were the subjects of a two-person exhibition at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. Wyeth is a member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Academy of Design and holds honorary degrees from seven colleges and universities.
To view the online exhibition catalogue: https://cld.bz/iOUBFqa