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N.C. Wyeth: New Perspectives on Display at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

By JoAnn Greco | August 27, 2019 | Culture


Regular visitors to the Brandywine River Museum of Art are well acquainted with the legacy of the trio of Wyeths—father, son, and grandson—who have become inextricably linked to the Chadds Ford region, each through their own distinctive style. But N.C. Wyeth: New Perspectives goes beyond with illustrations of classic adventure tales like Treasure Island and depicts a surprising range of personal paintings that define the career of the senior Wyeth (1882- 1945). Also included among the 71 works are landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still-lifes and even murals that the progenitor produced while pursuing his more commercial endeavors. The surprising breadth of both Wyeth’s subjects and the variety of media he employed go a long way toward returning the artist to a prominence he once enjoyed. “He was an often overlooked figure in 20th century visual culture,” confirms Christine B. Podmaniczky, the Brandywine curator who organized the show, along with co-curator Jessica May from the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. “He was involved in all aspects of art at the time. His formidable artistic range and diversity merits reconsideration.” Through Sept. 15, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road,

Photography by: "Island Funeral” (1939) By N.C. Wyeth, The Brandywine River Museum of Art, Gift of E. I. Du Pont De Nemours And Company in Honor of the 50th
Anniversary of The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, 2017