Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Brandywine Railroad

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The Brandywine Railroad has been a family favorite at the Brandywine since 1972. Slightly modified this year to provide a safe and socially distant experience, the Brandywine Railroad will still feature plenty of trains, miniature details and the engaging elements that everyone loves—including interactive components operated by hands-free foot pedals.

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Betsy James Wyeth: A Tribute

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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...

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Votes for Women: A Visual History

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The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which granted women the right to vote—although many voting struggles persisted for marginalized groups following its ratification.

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Witness to History: Selma Photography of Stephen Somerstein

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The historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, civil rights march concerned one issue—the right to vote. Two thousand marchers set out on March 21 along Route 80, known as the “Jefferson Davis Highway.” After two failed attempts to complete the march, President Johnson dispatched...

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Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined

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Fairy tales are age-old stories that teach life lessons, touch on dark fears and elemental truths, and seed nascent imaginations. The universality of their appeal has inspired illustrators for centuries.From October 5, 2019 through January 5, 2020, the Brandywine River Museum of Art...

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Reality Reassembled: The Halloween Paintings of Peter Paone

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The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the Halloween-themed paintings of renowned Philadelphia artist Peter Paone (born 1936). Halloween has long been a subject of fascination for the artist, and in the last decade he has produced a series of works devoted to the theme....

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N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives

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Well known during the 20th century for his bold, imaginative illustrations that brought new characterizations to classic stories such as Treasure Island and The Boy’s King Arthur, N. C. Wyeth vigorously pursued parallel interests in painting landscapes,...

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N. C. Wyeth: A Personal Perspective

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Artist, collector, author—Douglas Allen’s principal interests are profoundly influenced by the art of N. C. Wyeth. As a young boy, Allen began collecting books, posters, magazines, and other ephemera related to Wyeth. His passion continues even today as he refines an incomparable collection...

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American Beauty: Highlights from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest

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The Brandywine River Museum of Art and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art have come together in this exhibition to share their finest works from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest. A long-time trustee of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art—as well as a newspaper publisher, art...

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Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration

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From the late 1960s onward, Phyllis Mills Wyeth (November 13, 1940 – January 14, 2019) was a muse to her husband, artist Jamie Wyeth. The selection of paintings assembled in this exhibition are a memorial tribute and reflect Phyllis Wyeth’s vibrant spirit and love of nature, horses, and her...

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Winslow Homer: Photography and the Art of Painting

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A little-recognized aspect of the work of Winslow Homer—one of America’s most iconic artists—is the relationship between his painting and photography, and the role of the relatively new medium on his approach to image making. In 2014, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) was given an...

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Holidays & Snowdays: Illustrations for Three Children’s Books

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Everyone has favorite memories of those delightfully illustrated stories we take off the bookshelves at special times of the year. For the coming holidays and snowdays, the Brandywine presents work by three highly talented artists who have recently envisioned additions to that seasonal...

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The Serious and the Smirk: Portraits from the Collection

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“There are only two styles of portrait painting,” Charles Dickens once remarked, “the serious and the smirk.”Drawn entirely from the collection of the Brandywine River Museum of Art, this exhibition explored the social function of portraits in American history. From traditional...

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Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art

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Artists since antiquity have depicted, and often mimicked, the splendors of nature. Throughout the centuries, such representations have embodied the shifting relationship between humans and their natural surroundings. Nature has thus proved to be a fertile terrain for projecting a culture’s...

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Southwestern Son: The Lithographs of Peter Hurd

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The artist Peter Hurd is often noted for his experiments in egg tempera painting and particularly for introducing Andrew Wyeth to the medium with which he would become so closely associated. An inquisitive artist, Hurd taught himself not only the traditional methods of tempera but also the late...

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The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth

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In addition to his roles as founder and board chairman of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, a philanthropist, and a land and cultural conservationist, George A. "Frolic" Weymouth (1936-2016) was a highly talented artist.

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