Friday, January 13, 2012

Wyeth's World

Little Stenning Farm
Landenberg, PA 
Little Stenning Farm
Landenberg, PA
These two photos are of a farm I walk past with my dogs.
Remind me of the beauty the Wyeth's found in
this area.
Earlier this week I visited the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA for the first time. Known for its Regional and American Art, and comprehensive collection of three generations of Wyeths, located in a renovated old Grist Mill, it is a beautiful setting not too far from my home.

There were treasures on every floor. I pulled out my "cheaters" for the Still Lifes (with amazing trompe l'oeils) and Portraits, and was then, drawn into the Wyeth's world.
N.C. Wyeth from
Treasure Island
I love the light and design
in this painting. The colors
in the painting which is at the museum are

All 3 generations impressed me with their undeniable craftsmanship and skill. I found myself drawn into N.C. Wyeth's paintings for Treasure Island (Pirates, Adventure and fabulous dramatic light!) and studying Jamie's draughtsmanship and composition.

But, it was Andrew's work that moved me- almost to tears.
Andrew Wyeth
It was his drawings and studies for his paintings alongside the paintings - that I could see, not only his technical abilities, but his humanity.  He painted his farmlife in Pennsylvania, his home in Maine, and the people and animals who touched him.

It was not trite, or sentimental, just a lifetime of looking, working - and loving.

Doesn't get any better than that.


Patty said...

Nanci you make me want to drop what I'm doing and visit this place. So glad you had such a profound experience.

Nanci Hersh said...

It was a wonderful "Artist Date." Kind of spontaneous too!... my car just seemed to take me there when I passed the museum- for the umpteenth time.

I am an hour from Philadelphia, 2.5 from NYC, and yet there is so much right near here. How about where you live?

Karen F. Rose said...

I agree with Patty, I am ready to come visit too. And your photographs, Nanci I would love to see more.
So glad you shared your visit and the link to the museum.

Nanci Hersh said...

You are always welcome here Karen... we can visit all the museums and galleries here in the Brandywine, Philadelphia area! I would recommend when it is warmer though (wet snow on the ground as of early this morning!) Stay warm, and enjoy...