One of America’s most prominent mid-20th century artists – born less than an hour away from Philadelphia – would’ve turned 100 years old this year. Andrew Wyeth, a prodigy of Chadds Ford in Delaware County, garnered attention from around the world for his realist depictions of the land and people around him.
In celebration of his work and the centennial anniversary of his birth, the Brandywine River Museum of Art hosts Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, a wide-ranging exhibition encompassing more than 100 of Wyeth’s works gathered from major museums and private collections.
On display through September 17, the exhibition is the first career retrospective of the artist since his death in 2009.
ANDREW WYETH: IN RETROSPECT FAST FACTS
- Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect is exhibited at the Brandywine River Museum of Art through September 17.
- The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Wyeth’s birth.
- More than 100 of Wyeth’s works are on display.
- Nearly 20 different events will take place surrounding the exhibition.
Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect Overview
Primarily a realist painter, Andrew Wyeth largely drew inspiration from his surroundings, including the rolling hills and riverfront views near the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Wyeth’s hometown in Delaware County.
Already home to a number of Wyeth’s works, the museum collaborated with the Seattle Art Museum to expand its collection into a display featuring more than 100 works that span Wyeth’s entire career.
Bringing together both well-known and rarely seen paintings created between the mid-1930s and Wyeth’s death in 2009, Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect presents a chronological exposition that examines the evolution of the artist’s work over the decades. Paintings and other forms of art on paper were gathered from major museums and private collections.
Different interpretations are offered for visitors to consider the significance of outside influences — including film and war — on Wyeth’s work and on the subjects and themes that occupied him throughout his career.
The youngest of five siblings from a family of artists, Wyeth’s only formal art education was that from his father, N.C. Wyeth. The exhibition takes the viewer through the arc of Wyeth’s career, calling out some of the critical responses to his work and also recognizing the point in which Wyeth came into immense public success.
Programs and Events
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the Brandywine River Museum of Art hosts series of related programming. As many as 19 different events will take place, ranging from watercolor demonstrations to a nature walk and journaling session to lectures designed to discuss Wyeth’s paintings in depth.
Ticket prices vary per event and can be obtained online. For the full schedule of programming, click here.
Tickets and More
Admission to Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect is free with admission to the Brandywine River Museum of Art, which is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $6 for students and youth (6-18) and free for children five and under. Tickets can be obtained online here, with prices varying by event.
For more information about Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect and other upcoming exhibitions at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, click here.