Andrew Wyeth (1917-present) is an American Contemporary Realist Painter who works mainly in watercolor and/or egg tempera. He is one of the USA's most popular and celebrated artists. This site provides an introduction to Andrew Wyeth and links to official websites, past exhibitions in museums and art galleries, books about the artist and his work and where you can find images online.I've had this 'in draft' for some time but visiting the Hammerschoi exhibition recently (Vilhelm Hammershøi - a curious mix of Vermeer, Hopper and Wyeth?) prompted me to progress it to a state where it can be published.
An Introduction to Andrew Wyeth (1917 - present)
Book cover of Andrew Wyeth: Master Drawings from the Artist's Collection
by Henry Adams, Andrew Wyeth
At the moment the site is a collection of links I've assembled so that I can find out more about him.
If you also want to try and find out some more yourself then you just need to click on a link to go straight to that topic
- The Life of Andrew Wyeth
- Andrew Wyeth - article on Wikipedia
- The Official Andrew Wyeth website
- Frank E. Fowler Representing Andrew Wyeth
- Andrew Wyeth - Awards
- BOOKS: By Andrew Wyeth
- Andrew Wyeth - exhibitions
- BOOKS: About Andrew Wyeth
- Reviews of Andrew Wyeth
- Andrew Wyeth in Online Galleries
- PHOTOS: Andrew Wyeth
- Andrew Wyeth in Museums and Art Galleries
- Egg Tempera - Resources for Artists
- VIDEOS: Andrew Wyeth
- VIDEOS: About Andrew Wyeth
- Andrew Wyeth - available paintings
- Comments and Suggestions
Also I've found lots of lovely books about him - but I never see any books about him in bookshops in the UK and am therefore very reliant on book reviews before knowing what to look at. I've included the publisher synopsis in the site and I think I'm leaning towards Memory and Magic.
Does anybody have a book about Wyeth or read one that they can recommend?
Book cover of Andrew Wyeth: Memory & MagicWhy I like Wyeth's work
- a retrospective of Wyeth's works
- a retrospective of Wyeth's works
Nevertheless, having seen his paintings 'up close and personal' at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland Maine, I know I'm a fan and I can say why that is. The reasons I like his work are as follows
- In a world where oil paintings rule the roost, he's one of a very few painters who have mastered media which others disdain or find too difficult (ie watercolour and egg tempera)
- Wyeth works in a calligraphic way - painting as if he's drawing at times - plus he scrapes out and lifts off. It's as much about what's removed as it is about what is laid down - and that always has resonance with me
- He also works with a very simple, some would say austere, palette but finds ways of making it work and making it relevant. I'm very into colour and I'm always intrigued by people who can work with so little colour.
- Complexity is simplified - his objects and shapes in his paintings are pared down - while simple flat surfaces are far from simple or flat
- His compositions are often brilliantly simple - ie brilliant in their simplicity and ability to draw you in. Partly this is because, in my opinion, he's an absolute master of tonal values. Maybe that comes from working in watercolour?
- Some paintings have a back story told in a symbolic way but this is the area which I know very little about.
The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist's neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, "was limited physically but by no means spiritually." Wyeth further explained, "The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless." He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery.
MOMA caption to Christina's World
- Museum Syndicate - Master Bedroom 1965 by Andrew Wyeth
- Museum Syndicate - Groundhog Day 1959 by Andrew Wyeth
- Museum Syndicate - Trodden Weed 1951 by Andrew Wyeth
To many his accessible paintings evoke some mythical rural past, striking a powerful chord in the American psyche. Like Dürer, whom he greatly admired, he placed great emphasis on observation, and his detailed style reflects this. Nevertheless, through the series of pencil and watercolour studies for a work, many details were often pared away.Great American Artists - Resources for Art Lovers
MOMA - Andrew Wyeth - About the Artist
For those who like American artists, I've also realised that I've now developed enough sites to make it worthwhile having a group dedicated to them! So - if you're interested - why not take a peek at Great American Artists - Resources for Art Lovers. It's split into two groups:
- Artists of the Past (John Singer Sargent, James McNeil Whistler, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe) and
- Artists of the Present (Chuck Close and Andrew Wyeth)