Grand opening for studio tours is July 3
CHADDS FORD, Pa., June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 3, the Brandywine River Museum will open Andrew Wyeth's Chadds Ford studio for tours. One of the most beloved and significant artists in American history, Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until mid-2008, and the studio is virtually intact, looking as it did when he last left it. The building also served as home for Wyeth and his family for more than 20 years.
An intensely private man, the studio was Wyeth's retreat from the world, its doors open to a very few close friends and family. Many of his most important works of art were painted in the studio, including Winter 1946 and Trodden Weed.
Wyeth and his wife Betsy moved in shortly after their marriage in 1940, and lived there until 1961. They had two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. The building was Jamie's first studio, where he painted many of his early works, including Draft Age and his posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy.
The tour offers insights into Wyeth's life, his working methods and sources of inspiration. Visitors will learn about his creative process and see his library, photos, fencing gear, military miniatures collection, and more. The studio was given to the Brandywine River Museum by Betsy James Wyeth in 2010.
In celebration of the opening of the studio, the Brandywine River Museum presents A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio. This exhibition features the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. The gallery also features many of the major works painted by Wyeth in the studio over his 70-year career.
On special "Art of Andrew Wyeth" tours, visitors tour the studio, take a tour featuring "Three Generations of Wyeth Art" from the Museum's renowned collections, and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the Museum restaurant overlooking the scenic Brandywine. The cost is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for Brandywine Conservancy members.
Advanced, timed tickets are recommended and may be purchased online. The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The Museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Contact: Hillary Holland, [email protected], +1-610-388-8336
SOURCE The Brandywine River Museum