In making his 1981 tempera Dr. Syn, Andrew Wyeth employed his long-standing working method of making study after study as part of determining what his finished painting was to be. In Dr. Syn, in the collection of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, the artist created many drawings and watercolors devoted to determining the details of the figure, the space in which he resides, the artifacts in the space, as well as what the final composition would be. The exhibition examines the artist’s fastidious working process, and will include the very costume depicted in the painting.
The Farnsworth Art Museum presents a series of exhibitions to mark the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth that includes over 100 of the artist’s works. Andrew Wyeth at 100 will feature a major retrospective exhibition of the American master’s Maine watercolors. Four other shows will explore his temperas and drawings while a photography exhibition will focus on the Olson House, a major inspiration to the artist for three decades. This year-long celebration will be on display throughout the museum’s Wyeth Center, as well as its Hadlock and Wyeth Study Center galleries.
The Lead Exhibition Sponsors for Andrew Wyeth at 100 are Camden National Bank, Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon, Kathy and Paul Anderson, and Down East magazine. Other sponsors include Mr. Richard Gilder and Ms. Lois Chiles, Anne and John Surovek, Mr. Katsushige Susaki, Mr. and Mrs. George Twigg III, 250 Main Hotel, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., Allen Insurance and Financial, Hampton Inn & Suites - Thomaston/Rockland, The Grasshopper Shop of Rockland, The Cote Corporation Crane-Rigging, Camden Riverhouse Hotel, Distinctive Tile & Design, Monhegan Boat Line. The media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Public Classical
Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts