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This important exhibition provides a focused look at the first fifteen years of Andrew Wyeth's career, a time in which watercolor was his medium of choice. Although today Wyeth is known primarily for his work in tempera, it is his watercolors that established his reputation as an artist. In 1937 his debut exhibition at the distinguished Macbeth Gallery in New York City sold out within three days. Overnight, the twenty-year-old Wyeth was heralded by critics as a major new talent and a worthy successor to America's dean of watercolor, Winslow Homer.

This fascinating exhibition, organized by the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, intentionally harks back to the medium in which the emerging Wyeth was first nationally acclaimed. The selection of works, many of which have not been exhibited publicly prior to this exhibition, is intended to show the range of subjects he addressed in watercolor from the late 1930s to the early 1950s both in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and along the coast of Maine.

The show also celebrates the historic collaboration between the Farnsworth and the Currier Museum in 1951, when the two institutions jointly organized the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Wyeth's art. To mark this occasion, the Farnsworth has installed Andrew Wyeth: Early Watercolors in the museum galleries in which Mr. Wyeth's work was originally presented. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.


Andrew Wyeth: Early Watercolors