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"Portraits of Our Country: The American Spirit of the Wyeth Family"
2001-04-03 until 2001-06-03
Delaware Art Museum
Wilmington, DE, USA United States of America

This exhibition features over 35 works from the Delaware Art Museum's permanent collection by seven members of the Wyeth family, including N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. This group of works can be seen as a Wyeth family portrait of America, based on their devotion to the country that nurtured them and the concept that every subject painted - whether a person or a bale of hay - is a portrait.

One of the many threads that unite the members of this extended family of artists is their deep involvement in the American tradition, from both a patriotic and an aesthetic perspective. In a video produced by his wife Betsy, Andrew Wyeth declared, I want to show Americans what America is like. He and his family have done this collectively and individually. They have not sought out only the majestic and eye-catching but created works that reveal and illuminate the simple things surrounding them. Each of the Wyeth artists has created an individual body of work from their personal experiences and the people and things encountered on a day-to-day basis. N.C. Wyeth, renowned illustrator and painter, was the father, father-in-law and grandfather of artists whose works have captured the popular imagination for over a century. His daughters, Henriette and Carolyn, are represented in the exhibition. The last born of his children, Andrew, continues to create paintings, adding to a body of work that early in his career led to an unprecedented rise to success.

Two of N.C. Wyeth's sons-in-law, Peter Hurd and John McCoy, looked to him as a teacher and mentor. The rich tradition lives on in Jamie Wyeth, Andrew's son, who continues to build on the family's artistic spirit.

IMAGE:
N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945)
The Victorious Allies, 1915
Oil on canvas, 46 1/8 x 35 *
Cover for the Red Cross Magazine, March 1919
Gift of the Bank of Delaware, 1989
Delaware Art Museum


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