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Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio

March 27, 2012 to November 4, 2012

This exhibition featured the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. Created between 1943 and 2005, these works reflected Wyeth's interest in the building's spare and aged interior and reveal informal moments with...

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Scribner's Magazine: The Early Years in Illustration

March 17, 2012 to May 20, 2012

The exhibition introduced visitors to the importance of the illustrated magazine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and emphasized the primacy of Scribner’s Magazine during the “golden age of illustration.” Scribner’s art editors hired the best artists and illustrators, and...

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Comic Catharsis: A Gift of Cartoons by William Steig

January 21, 2012 to March 11, 2012

Although best known today as the creator of Shrek, William Steig (1907-2003) first achieved fame for his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker and his published books of drawings such as The Lonely Ones (1942),...

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Celebrating Four Decades of Collecting

September 24, 2011 to November 20, 2011

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the museum’s galleries were filled to reflect the collection’s diverse landscapes, still life and genre painting, illustrations, as well as the work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, and the extended Wyeth family.

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Honoring Howard Pyle: Major Works from the Collections

September 17, 2011 to November 17, 2011

The imaginative and fluent work of Howard Pyle (1853-1911) has thrilled readers and inspired generations of artists. This exhibition, drawn from the museum’s collection, presented a selection of vivid paintings and decorative drawings featuring pirates, Arthurian legends, fairy tales...

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Inspiring Minds: Howard Pyle as Teacher

September 17, 2011 to November 17, 2011

As a teacher of illustration from 1894 to 1905, Howard Pyle (1853-1911) inspired the careers of both young and seasoned illustrators. This exhibition examined Pyle’s teaching methods, which honed the skills of Jessie Willcox Smith, Thornton Oakley, Frank Schoonover, N.C....

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Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth

June 11, 2011 to September 11, 2011

Farms have long provided rich sources of imagery for Jamie Wyeth. This exhibition surveyed five decades of his lively depictions of farm animals, equipment and the surrounding landscape. Wyeth’s depictions of farm work and life combine his wit, artistry and sense of wonder...

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Barry Moser: Bookwright

March 26, 2011 to May 22, 2011

This exhibition featured the work of Barry Moser, the illustrator and bookwright whose limited editions and trade books transcend the ordinary, propelling each volume from a diversion into a fine work of art in its own right. Moser has illustrated and/or designed more than 300...

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Seeing Red: Southeastern Pennsylvania Earthenware from Winterthur

January 22, 2011 to March 20, 2011

During the 18th and 19th centuries, red earthenware was omnipresent in the homes of southeastern Pennsylvania residents. It was supplied by both Pennsylvania German potters and regional craftsmen from other backgrounds. Although luxury items like whistles and inkstands were available...

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Romance in Conflict: N.C. Wyeth's Civil War Paintings

January 22, 2011 to March 20, 2011

Throughout his career, N.C. Wyeth was commissioned to paint Civil War subjects as illustrations, murals and even calendar pictures. Despite their different uses, these images presented the war-battles, soldiers and civilians-in a romantic, heroic manner which reflected a national...

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The Imaginary Beasts of Royal Lacey Scoville

November 26, 2010 to January 9, 2011

This special exhibition presented 38 whimsical watercolors that form an original narrative written and illustrated by Royal Lacey Scoville for his daughter Eleanore. Based on the style of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, and Peter Newell, Scoville tells the story of the Lazy Tom...

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Reality Check: Contemporary American Trompe l'Oeil

September 11, 2010 to November 18, 2010

The Brandywine River Museum of Art's collection includes numerous examples of the realist tradition known as "trompe l'oeil." A French term meaning "to fool the eye," trompe l'oeil applies to art that cleverly fools viewers into thinking they are looking at actual objects rather than...

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