CHADDS FORD PA – The Chadds Ford studio in which Andrew Wyeth – considered by critics as one of the most significant artists in American history – painted many of his most important works of art will open for tours this summer. Given by the artist’s wife, Betsy James Wyeth, to the Brandywine River Museum, the studio has been restored to preserve its appearance when it was used by the late artist, museum representatives said Thursday (April 19, 2012).
Visitors will see where Wyeth created some of his most iconic works of art and learn about his creative process on guided tours. His library, photos, film collection, fencing gear, military miniatures collection, costumes and props are among the objects that add to this glimpse into his private world.
Public tours are scheduled to begin July 3, and tickets may be purchased online, here, starting May 1.
Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until 2008. Thousands of works of art are associated with this studio, including those inspired by the farms and open space of the Brandywine Valley, and the Brandywine River that runs through Chadds Ford and the surrounding countryside.
Built as a schoolhouse in 1875, the building also served as Wyeth’s home for two decades. He and his wife Betsy moved in shortly after their marriage in 1940, and lived there until 1961. Life and art were entwined as Andrew’s career soared. They had two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. The building also served as Jamie’s first studio, where he painted many of his early works.
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) was born in Chadds Ford PA, the youngest child of the internationally renowned painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth.
In conjunction with the tour’s launch, the museum is presenting an exhibit titled “A Painter’s View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio,” on view through Oct. 28 (2012). It features the artist’s own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. These works reflect Wyeth’s interest in the building’s spare and aged interior and reveal informal moments with individuals who often posed there. The gallery also features many of the major works painted by Wyeth in the studio over his 70-year career.