1944, tempera on panel. Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum.
Turkey Pond shows Walt Anderson, one of Wyeth’s Maine friends, as a young man.
1951, tempera on panel. Private Collection.
When this non-traditional self-portrait was done, the artist was recovering from a major surgery to remove a portion of his lung. On his feet are boots once owned by Howard Pyle, founder of the Brandywine school of painting, as well as the teacher of Andrew's father: artist and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Here, the boots walk over Kuerner's Hill in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania - an area that Andrew Wyeth walked all his life.
1960, drybrush on paper. Private Collection.
Potted flowers grown by Christina Olson sit here on the window sill of her house in Cushing, Maine. Through the window beyond the geranuims, one can see the model best known as the pink-dressed figure in Christina's World (1947 tempera, Museum of Modern Art, New York). Ms. Olson, her brother Alvaro, and their farm were subjects of Wyeth's paintings and drawings for decades ending with the siblings' deaths in the late 1960s. The house is now open to visitors through the Farnsworth Art Museum.
1967, drybrush on paper. Private Collection.
Betsy James Wyeth, the artist's wife, is seen here in the Wyeth's Pennsylvania home. The technique used, drybrush, is achieved by using watercolor paints applied with the least amount of liquid necessary to transfer the pigment to paper. This allows the artist to have the finest control over the detail he renders.
1970, tempera on panel. Collection of the Brandywine River Museum. Purchased for the museum by John T. Dorrance, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Felix du Pont, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Sharp, two anonymous donors, and The Pew Memorial Trust.
Siri, another Maine model, was painted both alone and with her father George Erickson through the 1970s. The portrait is done in tempera, a medium Wyeth used often. Dry pigment would be mixed with egg yolk then layered on a gessoed board.
1975, watercolor on paper. Private Collection.
This bold watercolor of the Kuerner farmhouse demonstrates the difference in paint qualities when compared to a drybrush like Geraniums or a tempera like Trodden Weed. The farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania has been painted by Wyeth hundreds of times. The house can be visited seasonally through the Brandywine River Museum.
1987, watercolor on paper. Private Collection.
A marked difference can be seen in the artist's palette in the Maine and Pennsylvania works, just as one can see the weather differ when comparing the summer and winter months. The artist and his family spent the warm months in the midcoast of Maine returning to the artist's birthplace in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania each fall. This scene shows a splash of unexpected color in the chilly, dark days before spring. The painting was inspired by an actual incident when a bright piece of litter, a newspaper advertisement, blew across a snowy hillside.
2003, tempera on panel. Private Collection.
A carry is a shallow place in a river where a boat must be lifted in order to continue travelling - a portage, like this one in Maine.