Andrew Wyeth: Two States
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, launched his career in 1937 with a sold-out exhibition of his watercolors in New York.
Throughout his life, Wyeth focused on two locations: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, his birthplace, and mid-coast Maine, his second home since childhood. Drawing inspiration from the distinctive characteristics of these locations, he revealed universal attributes in his depictions of landscapes, objects, and people.
The artist's preference for painting intimate subjects -- family, homes, models, and memories -- is masterfully rendered in contrasting techniques that achieve both every-blade-of-grass realism and poetic expressions of reverie. All works in the exhibition are drawn from private loans and from the GCMA permanent collection, which stands as the largest of his watercolors held by any public museum.