(Rockland, ME) The Farnsworth Art Museum is deeply saddened by the passing of the great American master Andrew Wyeth. It was in 1944, four years before the Farnsworth even opened, that the museum purchased watercolors by the emerging young artist out of a show at Macbeth Gallery in New York. In 1951, the museum, in collaboration with the Currier Gallery (now the Currier Museum of Art) in Manchester, New Hampshire, mounted Andrew Wyeth's first solo museum retrospective.
“Andrew Wyeth's work, an extraordinary and unique artistic legacy, is a cornerstone of the Farnsworth's collection. Working with great skill in the realist tradition, he used his mastery of technique to make pictures of great, complex beauty, psychological depth and emotional resonance that challenged our assumptions about the surface of familiar things. Like all great artists, Andrew Wyeth transformed the private struggles of his inner life into ravishing visual music. The entire museum community mourns the passing of this true American Master”, said Richard Aroneau, President of the Board of Trustees of the Farnsworth.
Farnsworth Interim Executive Director and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky issued a statement: “The Farnsworth Art Museum has had a close relationship with Andrew Wyeth even before the museum opened in 1948. In addition to building a collection of his work, the museum has shown his work every year for more than sixty years. His loss will be deeply felt not only by the Farnsworth Art Museum community, but by art lovers across the world. We extend our condolences to the Wyeth family and his many friends and admirers. Andy Wyeth will always be a part of the Farnsworth Art Museum.”
The Farnsworth Art Museum will be extending its winter hours to include Monday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 20 so that visitors may celebrate the works of Andrew Wyeth now on view in the Wyeth Study Center and the Hadlock Galleries. The Wyeth family has requested that, in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Farnsworth Art Museum or the Brandywine River Museum. Services will be private.
The photo portrait was taken by Bruce Weber in 1983. © Bruce Weber, all rights and permissions reserved.