Andrew Wyeth. Faraway, 1952

Andrew Wyeth. Faraway, 1952
The Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection.

'Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio' at Thyssen

The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum is presenting the first retrospective in Europe on Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and his son Jamie (born 1946). 1 March to 19 June 2016.

Source: Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

More than 60 works loaned from public institutions and private collections, some never previously exhibited in public, will offer visitors a chance to become acquainted with the work of these two artists and to learn about their lives and creative abilities.

"Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio" will also reveal how in some cases the two artists’ work ran in parallel, was mutually complementary or even provoked challenges. Generous access to the private collections of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth and of Jamie Wyeth has allowed the exhibition’s curator, Timothy J. Standring, curator of painting and sculpture at the Gates Foundation of Denver Art Museum, to devise a comprehensive exhibition that includes major works by both artists, spanning every period of their respective careers.

Together with their taste for the theatrical, for black humour and for technical experimentation, the Wyeths shared the same sensibility. The two artists worked in Pennsylvania and Maine in relative isolation from the art world. Both were child prodigies and were educated at home where they also learned artistic techniques from other family members and devoted thousands of hours to mastering this discipline and to looking for and finally encountering the universe that they wanted to reveal to others.

Both artists also shared the way they used techniques and materials in an unconventional way. Possibly in a reaction to their very academic training, neither ever applied any type of formal hierarchy to their drawings or finished works. Everything began when they felt a profound emotion that, in the exhibition curator’s words, can be summarised as “Paint what inspires you at the moment, paint what you know and love.”

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