Fathers & Sons
The Wyeth family legacy spans three generations and embraces a deeply poetic form of American realism. Their dialogue with nature begins with the colorful illustrations of grandfather N.C. Wyeth, passes through the psychologically loaded spaces of his son Andrew, and continues in the images of farm and island life of grandson, Jamie, whose work is currently featured in a national traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During the artistic upheavals of change and progress that characterized much of the twentieth century, the Wyeths carried the torch of realism proudly, celebrating the quiet simplicity of rural life. This installation celebrates the fifteen Wyeth paintings in Philbrook’s permanent collection, which came to the museum in 2010 as a part of a generous bequest from Marylouise Cowan
Curated by Catherine Whitney.