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See His Art at the Brandywine River Museum
Grand opening for studio tours is July 3
An intensely private man, Andrew Wyeth's studio was his retreat from the world, its doors open to a very few close friends and family. Many of his most important works of art were painted in the studio, including Winter 1946, Groundhog Day and Trodden Weed.
Wyeth and his wife Betsy moved in shortly after their marriage in 1940, and lived there until 1961. They had two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. The building also served as Jamie's first studio where he painted many of his early works, including Draft Age and his posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy.
The tour offers insights into Wyeth's life, his working methods and sources of inspiration in the private space where he created many of his masterworks. Visitors will learn about his creative process and see his library, photos, film collection, fencing gear, military miniatures collection, costumes and props. The studio was given to the Brandywine River Museum by Betsy James Wyeth in 2010.
The youngest child of renowned artist N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was born in Chadds Ford, and except for summers in Maine, spent his life in the village. Throughout his career, he painted the farms, open space and the Brandywine River itself, making the countryside internationally famous.
Tours take place Tuesday through Sunday at 10, 10:45, and 11:30 a.m. and 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m., from July 3rd through November 18. Tours are approximately one hour long and are for ages 6 and older. Children under 6 are not permitted on the tours. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
In celebration of the opening of the Andrew Wyeth studio, the Brandywine River Museum presents A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio, on view through October 28, 2012. This exhibition features the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. These works, created between 1943 and 2005, reflect the artist's interest in the building's spare and aged interior and reveal informal moments with individuals who often posed there. The gallery also features many of the major works painted by Wyeth in the studio over his 70-year career.
On special "Art of Andrew Wyeth" tours, visitors tour the studio, take a docent-led tour featuring "Three Generations of Wyeth Art" from the Museum's renowned collections, and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the Museum restaurant overlooking the scenic Brandywine. The cost, which includes lunch, museum tour and admission fees, is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for Brandywine Conservancy members. Tours will take place on July 17 and 31, August 14 and 28, September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23, November 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please click here to purchase tickets, or call 610-388-8326.
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