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The dramatic, vivid illustrations of N.C., the quiet, introspective paintings of Andrew, and the revealing portraits and mysterious allegories of Jamie have earned members of the Wyeth family important places in the history of American art. This summer The Speed Art Museum will present an exhibition featuring the works of three generations of this compelling family of artists.

Andrew Wyeth (American, born 1917)
Cape Coat, 1982, Drybrush

At the heart of this exhibition is a group of watercolor and tempera paintings and pencil sketches by Andrew Wyeth depicting one of his favorite models, Helga Testorf. Recognized as one of the leaders of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth met Helga, a 38-year-old Prussian immigrant, in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in 1971. Working secretly over the next 15 years, Andrew created approximately 45 paintings and 200 sketches of Helga, many of which will be featured in the exhibition.

In addition to these now-famous works by Andrew, Wyeth: Three Generations will feature paintings by Andrew's father, noted illustrator N.C. Wyeth; Andrew's son Jamie, an accomplished painter and illustrator in his own right; and Andrew's sisters, Carolyn, Henriette, and Ann.

N.C. Wyeth developed a naturalistic style that became a trademark of his paintings and drawings. Over the course of hiscareer, he created dramatic illustrations for some of America's leading journals, including Scribners Magazine and Harper's Monthly Magazine, and for publications of classic stories such as Treasure Island and The Last of the Mohicans. Like other members of the Wyeth family, N.C. was also drawn to subjects close to his own heart: home, family, and the familiar sites of his hometown-a side of N.C. that will also be represented in this exhibition .

Like their father and their brother, Carolyn and Henriette Wyeth both worked in a realistic manner, but developed distinctive styles. Carolyn was something of a risk taker who experimented with color and composition, while Henriette preferred traditional depictions of people and nature, and Ann, a professional musician, expressed another side of her creativity through watercolor. Jamie Wyeth continues the family tradition of careful observation, selecting subjects related to his homes off the coast of Maine and the Brandywine River Valley region of Pennsylvania. Wyeth: Three Generations is the first major museum exhibition to bring together works by all six of these extraordinary artists. The viewer will be able to explore the thread of continuity from one generation to the next-what makes a Wyeth a Wyeth-while enjoying each artist's highly personal interpretation of the world.


The 115 images in this show remind us why Ansel Adams (1902-1984) is regarded as one of this century's most influential and popular photographers.

Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980, Adams was cited as someone who was "At one with the power of the American Landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work . . ."

Ansel Adams, (American, 1902-1984)
Leaf, Glacier Bay National
Monument, Alaska,
1948
Gelatin Silver Print

copyright ©1998 by the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All rights reserved.

Adams's interest in photography began in 1916 when he traveled with his parents from his native San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. He used his father's box Brownie camera to take his first photographs in the park.

Ansel Adams, A Legacy: Masterpieces from The Friends of Photography Collection contains many of Adams's famous photographs such as Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (1972), and Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941).

All of the images in this exhibit are prints made by Adams between the mid-1960s and 1980, a period when he worked primarily in the darkroom.



Auguste Rodin is regarded as one of the most important and most influential sculptors of the 19th century. Emerging at a time when other artists were working in a traditional, idealizing style, Rodin revitalized the art of sculpture and made it a vehicle for intense personal expression.

In addition, Rodin developed a new sculptural vocabulary that influenced artists during his lifetime and throughout the

20th century. Like Michelangelo, Rodin created forms that appear to emerge from a block of stone or

Auguste Rodin, (French, 1840-1917)
The Thinker

Bronze

bronze. The surfaces of his works were often rough and seemingly unfinished and he often made no attempt to hide the process of sculpting, leaving seams and other elements of bronze casting that most artists smoothed away. He depicted the human form with a fierce naturalism and presented his subjects in new and unexpected poses, often focusing attention on the torso by omitting the head or limbs. By 1900, Rodin had achieved the pinnacle of success: Eu1 up lr1 nobility paid him tribute and an entire pavilion was devoted to his work at the Paris World Exposition.

Over 65 examples of Rodin's sculpture-including The Gates of Hell and The Kiss-will be featured in Rodin: Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection at The Speed Art Museum this fall.

Before his death in 1996 B. Gerald Cantor and his wife Iris assembled the world's most comprehensive collection of sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Together, the Cantors collected impressionist, postimpressionist, and expressionist sculpture and paintings.

Today, the Rodins in the Cantor collection number about 300. The Cantors or their foundation have donated another 450.

 

 
 
 


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