Andrew Wyeth artwork
Andrew Wyeth artwork is art produced by the American artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009).
Background and Description
Andrew Newell Wyeth was a realist painter, primarily in a regionalist style and one of the best-known American artists of his day.
He was tutored in art from a very young age by his celebrity artist father. He was surrounded by a creative family and their illustrious artist and writer circle. His father taught him everything he knew about art, and Andrew Wyeth’s first exhibition at the age of twenty saw every single one of his paintings sell out.
His work was considered fiercely independent and against the grain, free and undisciplined. He worked in the vein of the regionalist movement that begun in the 1930s, shunning city life and technological advances to focus on rural scenes. He painted the land and people around him in his hometown and summer home, combining these with experiences from his childhood. He was greatly inspired by his solitary walks.
Wyeth’s paintings are visions of the landscapes and people of a rural and isolated America. He generally painted with egg tempera, as well as watercolour and drybrush.
Collecting Andrew Wyeth artwork
Wyeth was a much debated artist, considered by some to be a quintessential American painter but by others to represent conservatism. As such, his works are extremely collectible. Many of his paintings are in the possession of galleries and museums.
It can be a collector’s project to collect a whole era of Wyeth paintings. For example, millionaire Leonard E. B. Andrews purchased almost the entire collections of Wyeth’s celebrated Helga series, featuring the German nurse of his dying neighbour.
There is an artist called Frank E. Fowler who creates exact reproductions of Wyeth’s paintings. These must not be confused with genuine Wyeth works.
It is best to purchase Andrew Wyeth artwork through a reputable auction house.
Andrew Wyeth’s work has sold for over $10 million at auction. Paintings generally fetch a few million apiece.
Smaller pieces, such as pencil sketches, have sold for just a few thousand.
As Wyeth died in 2009, and as he was such a significant 20th century American artist, his work is pretty much guaranteed to go up in value.