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ANDREW WYETH

GROUNDHOG DAY, 1959

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Andrew Wyeth often is seen as existing outside his own time or any particular tradition. In his art, however, he maintained a strong continuity with the painters of the 1930s and 1940s who focused on typically American scenes of daily life. Using the medieval technique of egg tempera, here Wyeth created a sense of great intimacy through his exquisite rendering of his neighbors’ light-flooded Pennsylvania farmhouse kitchen. Yet the dryness and restraint of the demanding medium combine with the image of the table’s solitary place setting to evoke a mood of overwhelming loneliness. Outside, the wire fence and the steeply rising hill that cuts off any glimpse of sky compound this sense of isolation.
John B. Ravenal and Anna Vallye, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, p. 350.

About the Artist

Born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, thirty miles southwest of Philadelphia, Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917–2009) was educated at home and apprenticed to his celebrated father, the painter and illustrator N. C. Wyeth. Famous and successful from an early age, Wyeth proved to be a painter of profound imagination, skill, and staying power across seven turbulent decades. Both admired and criticized for the tenacity of his realist approach and the unabashed emotion in his paintings, he produced some of the most iconic and haunting images of the twentieth century.

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