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Andrew Wyeth’s windows

Andrew Wyeth's windows
As I’ve mentioned before, I run hot and cold on Andrew Wyeth. I’m not particularly fond of the paintings that are generally regarded to be his major works — which tend to be figurative and conceptual, with narrative implications — but I do very much like some of his simple and direct observations of his immediate surroundings in the Brandywine Valley (perhaps partially because I grew up in the area).

These, though sometimes in tempera, are done mostly in sketches and watercolor. They are often dry brush watercolor, and wonderfully textural. Like much of Wyeth’s work, they are in subdued palettes, almost monochromatic, to the point where a blue window frame or red apple comes as something of a shock.

One of the common subjects Wyeth returned to frequently was the depiction of windows, and he sketched and painted many variations on the theme.

An exhibit at the National Gallery in D.C., titled Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In explores that aspect of his work.

There is only a brief slideshow of a few works form the show on the museum’s site, so I’ll leave you with a link to a Google image search for “Andrew Wyeth” “windows”, and if you want to know if a piece is in the show, a link to the NGA press page which includes a PDF checklist (right column).

There is a book accompanying the exhibition, also titled Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In, but I haven’t seen it, so you’ll have to look for the reviews of others.

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In is on view at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. until November 30, 2014.

For more see my previous posts on Andrew Wyeth, and here.


8 responses to “Andrew Wyeth’s windows”

  1. College life drawing professor taught us, using Wyeth as example, that if you’re drawing a lace curtain blowing in the wind, you don’t need to draw the whole thing. You just need to do one piece, but get it perfect.

    I use that one above in my class about worldbuilding in comics, you need to pay attention to the detail that draws your viewer in.

    1. Nice comment, Bram. Thanks.

  2. I am just back from Chadd’s Ford where I toured Andrew and N.C. Wyeth’s as well as Kuerner’s farm where I sketched. I took photos looking out of a couple of these windows. Lots of photos from the visit at

    1. Nice. Thanks, Rick.

      For the benefit of other readers, look for links in the right column of Rick Taylor’s blog, in the Blog Archive, under “November”.

  3. Living in Maine has enabled me to visit the Farnsworth and Wyeth Center often. I was surprised at how beautiful a painting “Christina’s World” is when I got to see it in person. A couple years ago we got to visit the Brandywine area too. Seeing what inspired him was interesting and tied the two worlds together. His paintings, like them or not, do carry an emotional impact.

  4. Great post, thanks for sharing. Visiting Cushing, Maine and the Farnsworth Art Museum are well worth the detour of plunging into the world of Andrew Wyeth.

    1. Thanks, Alvin. With works by all three generations of Wyeths, it looks similar in way to the collection here in my region at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA, also well worth a visit if you’re in the area:

      For the benefit of other readers, here is a link to the Farnsworth Art Museum:

  5. david clarke Avatar
    david clarke

    i have a print of the farmhouse ,3rd painting in the above.
    does it have a specific title or just comes under the ‘windows’ filing? could someone advise me please.