Maine’s Farnsworth Museum Received 27 Wyeth Paintings

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Thirty-seven paintings by three generations of the Wyeths have been donated to Maine’s Farnsworth Art Museum, courtesy of the late Betsy Wyeth.

Portland Press Herald reported Thursday that the Rockland museum, which plans to display the paintings in an exhibition starting May 15, did not reveal the value of the gifts.

This gift to the museum includes two watercolours by Andrew Wyeth painted at the Olson House in nearby Cushing; one of Jamie Wyeth’s best-known works titled “Islander”; and a trio of paintings by N.C. Wyeth with fishing scenes.

Wyeth’s latest gift adds to an extensive collection of Wyeth art held by the Farnsworth.

“The Farnsworth is so fortunate to have the ongoing support of the Wyeth family and we are deeply grateful for this treasured gift to the museum’s collection,” Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell said in a statement.

Three generations of Wyeths have painted in Maine, starting with N.C. Wyeth in the 1920s. Andrew Wyeth’s best-known work, “Christina’s World,” was painted at the Olson House in 1948. Jamie, son of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, continues to create art in Maine.

In Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Betsy Wyeth – who died last year – introduced Andrew Wyeth to his neighbour Christina Olson.

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