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of Wyeth Family Artists
Tickets now on sale; Tours begin April 1
"Being able to see so many outstanding works of art here at the museum and then visit the sites where many were created or that served as inspiration is a richly-layered experience," said Thomas Padon, director of the Brandywine River Museum.
The Brandywine River Museum is in the second year of a five-year initiative to reexamine the work of the extended Wyeth family of artists. The first milestone in this initiative was the opening of Andrew Wyeth's Chadds Ford studio for public tours in 2012.
See where one of America's most-renowned artists created some of his most iconic works of art. Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until 2008. The building also served as his home for two decades. He and his wife Betsy moved in shortly after their marriage in 1940, and lived there until 1961. The building also served as Jamie Wyeth's first studio, where he painted many of his early works, including Draft Age and his posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy. Tours take place on Mondays at 10:00 and 11:15 a.m. and 12: 45 p.m. and Tuesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:45, 2 and 3:15 p.m.
N.C. Wyeth House & Studio
In 1911, N.C. Wyeth purchased 18 acres in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where he built his house and studio, both now on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can tour the house where he raised his highly-talented children and the studio in which he created his renowned paintings. Tours take place on Mondays at 10:00 and 11:15 a.m., 12: 45, 2 and 3:15 p.m. and Tuesdays through Sundays at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
For more than 70 years, the Kuerner Farm was a major source of inspiration to Andrew Wyeth. Beginning with his earliest painting of the farm in 1932 at the age of 15, Wyeth found vital subjects in Karl and Anna Kuerner-the owners of the farm-and the rustic beauty of its surroundings. Tours take place daily at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 610-388-2700. Each tour costs $8 per person in addition to museum admission. Tours of all three sites will take place April 1 through November 24, 2013. Special package tours that include multiple sites, a guided gallery tour and lunch, are also available.
Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March:" The Making of a Masterpiece, is on view at the Brandywine River Museum from March 16 through May 19. The exhibition offers a historic opportunity to view Wyeth's rarely-seen tempera painting, Ides of March (1974), along with more than 30 of the studies that were instrumental to his development of the composition. Assembled together for the first time, these provide remarkable insight into the artist's creative approach and evocative imagery.
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 Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon through November 24 (except May 26 during the Annual Antiques Show).