The Wyeths: America’s Artists

January 15, 2011 - April 17, 2011

The Wyeths – rarely has American art spawned a family of such artistic talent and renown. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts presents an exhibition of works by three generations of artists in the Wyeth family – N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), an illustrator and painter, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), known by many as “America’s Painter,” Andrew’s sisters, Henriette Wyeth Hurd (1907-1997) and Carolyn Wyeth (1909-1994), and Andrew’s son Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). All have explored the people and landscapes around Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, where N.C. Wyeth established the family’s home, and the mid-coast of Maine, where N.C. purchased a summer home.

The exhibition includes 90 works of art by the Wyeths, as well as several photographic portraits by Maine photographer Peter Ralston. The paintings (oils, tempera, and watercolor) and drawings are on loan from the Farnsworth Art Museum, Brandywine River Museum, Terra Foundation for American Art, and three private lenders.

Major Sponsor
Irving S. Gilmore Foundation

Additional Sponsor
Tyler Little Family Foundation

N.C. Wyeth, Siege of the Round House (from R.L. Stevenson's Kidnapped), 1913, oil on canvas
Carolyn Wyeth, Betsy's Pumpkin, 1935, oil on canvas Henriette Wyeth, Blue Cineraria, n.d., oil on canvas Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro and Christina, 1968, watercolor Jamie Wyeth, Kleberg, 1984, oil on canvas