Exhibition | Andrew Wyeth: Eight Decades of Watercolors

Mar 27, 2024 — Continuing

Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009), regarded as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, focused on two locations throughout his long and prolific career: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, his birthplace, and mid-coast Maine, his second home since childhood. Inspired by the distinctive characteristics of these locations, he revealed universal attributes in his depictions of landscapes, objects, and people. The artist’s preference for painting intimate subjects—family members, homes, neighbors—is eloquently rendered in techniques that evoke nostalgia and connection as well as mood and mystery.

Drawn from the GCMA permanent collection, this exhibition highlights two works from each of the eight decades of Wyeth’s career, inviting viewers to explore the evolution of his life’s work.

Greenville’s Andrew Wyeth collection encompasses the full scope of the artist’s extraordinary career, including significant decade-by-decade examples, from the 1930s to the 21st century. Wyeth himself described it as “the very best collection of my watercolors in any public museum in this country.”