For Immediate Release:|
of Andrew Wyeth's Studio
Scheduled every Tuesday from July 31 through November 13
On these special tours, visitors explore the art of Andrew Wyeth with a visit to his newly-opened studio, a docent-led tour featuring "Three Generations of Wyeth Art" in the Brandywine River Museum's renowned collections, and a leisurely lunch in the Museum restaurant overlooking the scenic Brandywine. Tours take place every Tuesday through November 13, 2012.
The highlight is a visit to the newly-opened Andrew Wyeth Studio, where he painted, from 1940 until 2008, including many of his most famous works of art. The studio was given to the Brandywine River Museum in 2010 by the artist's wife, Betsy James Wyeth.
Wyeth was the son of renowned artist N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), whose work, including illustrations for Treasure Island, is displayed at the Brandywine River Museum. The third generation of Wyeth family artists includes Andrew Wyeth's younger son, Jamie Wyeth. By his early 20s, Jamie Wyeth had earned national attention with a posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy and other work. He is known for his monumental animal portraits, including Portrait of Pig, in the museum's collection, which represent various stages in his changing style. The "Three Generations of Wyeth Art" tour provides an overview of works of art in the Museum's collection.
The tour lasts from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $20 for Brandywine Conservancy members. Tickets may be purchased by calling the admissions desk at 610-388-2700, or online at www.brandywinemuseumshop.org.
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 on loan from private collections. These works, created between 1946 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.
The Conservancy also owns and offers tours of the Kuerner Farm, which inspired nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, as well as the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, where this year the tours focus on Andrew Wyeth's use of the studio, home and property in his art. His close ties with his family, recollections of his boyhood, and his deep emotional attachment to the land itself drew him again and again to the Wyeth homestead. He availed himself of the privacy the property offered, and he found creative stimulation in the memories and meanings of places and people he knew all of his life.
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. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, $6 students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Tickets for the Kuerner Farm and the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio tours cost an additional fee of $8 each (free for members). For more information, including tour schedules, please call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
The Brandywine River Museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy. Founded in 1967, the Brandywine Conservancy preserves art and the environment, including the open space and countryside painted by many artists in the museum collection. It holds more than 440 conservation easements and has protected over 45,000 acres in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Through its nationally recognized Environmental Management Center, the Conservancy provides services to landowners, farmers, municipalities and developers tailored to the character and function of the land, goals of the landowner, and interests of the community. In 2008, the Brandywine Conservancy was among the first land trusts in the country to be awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
The Brandywine River Museum, located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors ages 65 and over; $6 for students and children ages 6-12; free for children under six and under and Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, through November 18.