Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, is notably a destination on its own. But now, with an exhibit marking the centennial of artist Andrew Wyeth’s birth, a visit to this institution becomes even more compelling.
Curated by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky and American art scholar Henry Adams, Andrew Wyeth: Maine Watercolors, 1938 – 2008 showcases many of the most notable watercolors of the artist’s career. Housed behind the main Farnsworth museum building, the collection shows well in a church designed and decorated to reflect the simplicity and calm evident in Wyeth’s paintings.
Numerous works and studies beg to be studied more closely as you read the well-written background of the pieces and take a second or third look at technique, composition, and color.
For the first time, Wyeth family members agreed to allow non-flash photography of the artist’s work at an exhibit. But we saw few people taking advantage of the opportunity. For the most part, those of us engaged with the works said little as we quietly studied the masterful works and the accompanying descriptions. And we had our favorites.
Flying High, 1987
Watch Cap, 1974
Goodbye, My Love Study, 2008
In a room of its own, Her Room hung along with numerous drawings, studies for the final work. Also included were artifacts — the trunk and seashell that figure prominently in the painting.
Her Room, 1963
“Andrew Wyeth at 100,” which opened April 15th, ends December 31, 2017. If you can visit Rockland, Maine, and the Farnsworth Art Museum before the close of the exhibit, you will be rewarded by a rare view of works by one of America’s most revered artists.
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