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For Immediate Release

Andrew Wyeth's Last Painting, Goodbye,
On View at the Brandywine River Museum, January 31
for Celebration of His Life and Work


To be exhibited along with Christina's World


Chadds Ford, PA January 28, 2009 - Goodbye, an egg tempera that is the final painting by the late Andrew Wyeth, will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum for the celebration of his life and work on Saturday, January 31*, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Complimentary admission will be offered to all visitors on this day.

Goodbye depicts a friendship sloop sailing out of the picture past an island with a single white frame building reflected in the ocean and in the wake of the boat. The painting was completed by Andrew Wyeth in Maine in 2008.

In addition, Andrew Wyeth's most famous painting, the iconic Christina's World, will be on view at the Museum for the celebration. On loan from The Museum of Modern Art in New York, this is the first time the painting has been on view in the region. It is rarely seen outside New York City. The Brandywine River Museum currently displays 38 other paintings and watercolors by the artist.

Wyeth received numerous awards during his lifetime, and more than 20 of his medals will be on view during the weekend, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, the country's highest civilian award; the Congressional Gold Medal; and the National Medal of Arts. He also received numerous honorary degrees, and more than 20 of his academic hoods will also be on display.

The documentary film, Self Portrait: Snow Hill, produced by Betsy James Wyeth and narrated by Stacy Keach, will be shown in the Museum's Lecture Room every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. Incorporating many of Andrew Wyeth's works of art along with family photographs, home movies, personal letters and footage of Andrew Wyeth, this moving program provides insight into his private world.

Memory books in which visitors can leave their thoughts will be located throughout the Museum.

Exhibiting American art in a 19th-century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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*EDITOR'S NOTE: Christina's World and Goodbye will also be on view at the Brandywine River Museum on Sunday, February 1. Normal admission fees of $10, adults; $6 for students and senior citizens will apply that day. Brandywine Conservancy members receive free admission during the weekend and throughout the year. For more information, please call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org. Contact! Hillary Holland or Lora Englehart, 619-388-3887, lenglehart@brandywinemuseum.org"



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