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May 2018
Reflections on Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)


2/13: Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington. Previews: Art History News / ArtfixDaily. Art critic, watercolorist John Ruskin (1819-1900) [illus. bio / works (6)]. March 10-May 27.

2/13: Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, Bowdoin College Museum of Art [exhibit info.], Brunswick, Maine, June 23, 2018 - October 28, 2018 // Brandywine River Museum of Art [detailed exhibit info.], Chadds Ford, Penn., November 17, 2018 - February 17, 2019. [Note: As we understand it, Homer (1836-1910) did not copy, or base paintings on, photographs. Such work would not be art.]

2/13: Fifty Years Later: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting. A superb online recreation of this important 1964 Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition. See esp. the "Gallery" and "Artist Index" for paintings by Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins (both of whom influenced Andrew Wyeth) and one by Wyeth, whose great "black paintings" will be discussed in the forthcoming Wyeth issue.


Winslow Homer / Andrew Wyeth
Winslow Homer - Adirondack Lake

Adirondack Lake, by Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper, 14 x 20 in. (35.6 x 50.8 cm), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

As noted in "Andrew Wyeth Picks 20 Great American Watercolorists" (Maria Woodie, Artist Daily weblog, July 12, 2017), Winslow Homer--whose watercolors Wyeth first saw in his studio in Maine--was an early source of inspiration for him. The largest collection of Wyeth's watercolors is that of the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina.

Superb images of 563 of Homer's paintings in various media, sorted by year completed, are on The Athenaeum website. See watercolors (scroll down). The section on oil paintings begins on page 4 (scroll down).

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Richard F. Lack: A Compendium: Select Links to Online Sources - Louis Torres. On the life and work of this pioneering painter-teacher, who coined the term "Classical Realism."


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