Andrew Wyeth

1917 Born at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the youngest of five children. As he is not a strong child he is taught at home by his parents.

1937 First one man exhibition of watercolours at the Macbeth Gallery in New York. The exhibition sold out on the first day.

1940 Marries Betsey James.

1940s Begins to use egg tempera as a medium.

1943 Wyeth turns down an offer to paint cover images for the Saturday Evening Post.

1945 Wyeth’s father dies in a railway accident.

1971 Begins a series of drawings and paintings, extending to some 240 works, including some nudes, of his neighbour Helga Testorf. All were executed in secret.

1976 A major retrospective exhibition of his work is mounted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the first time that a living artist has been so honoured.

1977 Becomes the first American since John Singer Sargent to be elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in France.

1985 The existence of the series of over 200 paintings featuring Helga Testorf is revealed. These have been produced without the knowledge of Wyeth’s wife or Helga’s husband.

1987 An exhibition of the ‘Helga’ pictures is held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

2009 Andrew Wyeth dies at Chadds Ford.


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United States of America

Andrew Wyeth - Selected Works

1944 Turkey Pond, Rockland, ME, Farnsworth Art Museum

1946 Winter 1946, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art

1948 Christina’s World, New York, MOMA

1956 Roasted Chestnuts, Chadds Ford, PA, Brandywine River Museum

1963 Adam, Chadds Ford, PA, Brandywine River Museum

1970 Indian Summer, Chadds Ford, PA, Brandywine River Museum

Andrew Wyeth - Featured Paintings

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