vrijdag, november 06, 2015

Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth, with Battleground on the easel, 1981.

"Andrew Wyeth had just finished his superb tempera, “Battleground,” and asked me to photograph it in his studio. I took an 8 x 10 view camera, lights, and all the necessary paraphernalia and made the reproduction images.

But after the lights were off and I was getting ready to leave, Andy came by the studio with his dog, Nell, and I asked if I could make a portrait or two.

After a lifetime of getting people to pose for him, Andy was a great sitter….as unselfconscious as can be. And Nell stood, almost asleep on her feet, until the large shutter clicked, making her move her head just a bit.
...." (bron: Ralston Gallery Blog, foto: Peter Ralston)

Andrew Wyeth: Battleground, 1981.

The Andrew Wyeth Studio. At left the converted 1875 schoolhouse; center, the living wing added in the 1930s; and at right, the mid-1950s kitchen.

The Andrew Wyeth studio.

The main room of the Andrew Wyeth studio, a converted schoolhouse.

Andrew Wyeth’s studio, with a reproduction of Raccoon (1958) on the easel and reproduction drawings taped to the wall. (foto's: Carlos Alejandro)

"A converted schoolhouse, this is the primary studio of Andrew Wyeth, in continual use from 1940 until shortly before the artist’s death in January, 2009. The studio is the center of Wyeth’s Pennsylvania world, the rich microcosm that inspired and nourished his art.

In 1940, the young Andrew Wyeth and his new wife Betsy moved into a converted schoolhouse, just down the lane from where Andrew had grown up. The Wyeths would live – and Andrew would work – in this building for the next twenty years. In the early 1960s, the Wyeths acquired a new home, but the old schoolhouse remained Wyeth’s major Pennsylvania studio where he painted for another five decades.

The schoolhouse had already been used by Wyeth’s sister, Henriette, and brother-in-law Peter Hurd, as both studio and home. Wyeth’s sons, Jamie and Nicholas, remember a life integrated with art—visiting their father in the studio room, or having guests come to look at newly completed paintings that Andrew often hung in the kitchen. While Wyeth ventured out to select and sketch various motifs in the countryside, his major temperas were always painted in the studio.

The painting studio is presented almost as it appeared shortly before Wyeth’s death. Watercolor and tempera material give visitors a sense of the artist’s craft. The building still houses Wyeth’s art library and his extensive collections of military miniatures, costumes, and paintings by Howard Pyle. The high-ceilinged, sparsely-furnished former schoolrooms reflect Wyeth’s austere aesthetic and earth-toned palette. The tall, paned windows create details on the landscape that speak to the way Wyeth constructed some of his compositions; they also infuse the interior spaces with natural light that was so important to the artist.

During Wyeth’s lifetime, the studio was a very personal space, and the artist protected the privacy he felt necessary to his work. The artist posted a sign on the door that says: “I am working so please do not disturb.” Although the sign remains, we are now welcome to visit this very special place." (bron: Historic Artists' Homes & Studios)

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