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Betsy James Wyeth: A Tribute

July 1, 2020 to January 10, 2021
Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009), MAGA’S DAUGHTER, 1966, tempera on panel. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection.

Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009), Maga's Daughter, 1966, tempera on panel. Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection.

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), Corner of the Woods Study, 1954 pencil on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), Corner of the Woods Study, 1954 pencil on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), 747 Study, 1980 watercolor on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), 747 Study, 1980 watercolor on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Untitled, 1954 pencil on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), Untitled, 1954 pencil on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), French Twist, 1967 drybrush on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), French Twist, 1967 drybrush on paper. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection

The Brandywine River Museum of Art pays tribute to Betsy James Wyeth (1921-2020) with a display of drawings and paintings of and about her in the Andrew Wyeth Gallery, and with a biography of her remarkable life presented in the first-floor lobby of the Museum.

Betsy Wyeth was her husband Andrew Wyeth’s business manager and curator, with great precision recording the details of every work completed by the artist and encouraging and propelling him to achieve throughout his career. The artist painted his wife many times over the course of their almost seven-decade marriage. The selection of 20 works shown here are both intimate and enigmatic, capturing her elegance while also communicating a sense of elusiveness that the artist was so adept at conveying.


All images © 2020 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York