Jamie Wyeth’s study of Kleberg
Jamie Wyeth’s study of Kleberg is a 1984 painting depicting the artist’s Labrador, Kleberg. It is one of 12.
The work was most recently auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York City for $218,500.
Story behind the artwork
As reported by newspaper the Miami Herald:
A menagerie of animals has wandered in and out of Wyeth’s art studio on his Delaware farm over the years, including his late yellow Labrador, Kleberg. But when the pooch got too close to his easel back in the 1980s, Wyeth painted the circle around the dog’s eye – a la Pete the Pup of the old comedy Little Rascals.
The piece is one of 12 studies of 'Kleberg'. The artist mixed gouache, watercolour and India ink for the oil on canvas.
In March, 2011, the work sold at Sotheby’s for $218,500 in New York City - five times the $40,000 pre-sale estimated value.
The seller is a collector from Fort Lauderdale, who has owned it for 20 years.
The piece’s buyer was private art dealer Ann Richards Nitze on behalf of an anonymous client.