Andrew Wyeth (American artist) 1917 – 2009
Allen on His Porch, ca. 1994
watercolour and pencil on paper
45.7 x 30.5 cm. (18 x 12 in.)
signed ‘A Wyeth.’ (lower right)
© photo Christie’s
Catalogue Note Christie’s
This work will be included in Betsy James Wyeth’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
The sitter for the present work, Allen Messersmith, was a friend of Andrew Wyeth’s who lived nearby his home in Pennsylvania. Messersmith was featured in a number of Wyeth’s works, most notably the celebrated tempera, Roasted Chesnuts (1956, Brandywine Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania). The present work depicts Messersmith on his porch in Chadds Ford.
Andrew Newell Wyeth was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.
In his art, Wyeth’s favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth often noted: “I paint my life.” One of the best-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting Christina’s World, currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This tempera was painted in 1948, when Wyeth was 31 years old.
Andrew was the youngest of the five children of illustrator and artist N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth and his wife, Carolyn Bockius Wyeth. He was born July 12, 1917, on Henry Thoreau’s 100th birthday.
Due to N.C.’s fond appreciation of Henry Thoreau, he found this both coincidental and exciting. N.C. was an attentive father, fostering each of the children’s interests and talents. The family was close, spending time reading together, taking walks, fostering “a closeness with nature” and developing a feeling for Wyeth family history.
45.7 x 30.5 厘米。(18 x 12 in.)
签名 “A Wyeth”。(右下)