Maine Museum Celebrates Andrew Wyeth as His Works Are Re-Evaluated

Christina's World (1948) is perhaps Andrew Wyeth's most-renowned work.

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, is celebrating the centennial of the birth of artist Andrew Wyeth with five exhibitions of his works, writes Bob Keyes for the Portland (Maine) Press Herald.

Considered by many a controversial artist, the Chadds Ford native is known for his evocative and mysterious paintings of the Maine mid-coast and rural Brandywine Valley.

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Now, a full century since Wyeth’s birth, the artist is undergoing a critical re-evaluation as many museums nationwide celebrate his work.

“There has been a real undercurrent of re-evaluation,” said John Wilmerding, art professor at Princeton University. “There are still critics, but I think this moment for a new sense of balance is the stronger current.”

The Farnsworth, which currently has Wyeth’s Maine watercolors on display, owns 36 of his works. The museum shows Wyeth’s works each year, and also opened the Wyeth Center in 1998 to showcase three generations of Wyeths: Andrew, his father N.C., and his son Jamie.

The museum also added the Wyeth Study Center 15 years ago.

Read more about the exhibitions in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald by clicking here.

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