Lot 46: ANDREW WYETH, (AMERICAN 1917-2009), "FROM A CUSHING WINDOW"
December 4, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
"FROM A CUSHING WINDOW"
Signed ''Andrew Wyeth'' top right, watercolor on paper
29 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. (75.2 x 54.9cm)
Acquired from the above as a gift, 1960.
The Hickman (Friends Boarding Home), West Chester, Pennsylvania.
"American Watercolors, Drawings, and Prints," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, December 5, 1952 - January 25, 1953.
"Annual Exhibition," University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, February 1, 1953.
"Japanese-American Watercolor Society Combined Watercolor Exhibition," Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, November 4 - 22, 1957.
"Japanese-American Watercolor Society Combined Watercolor Exhibition," Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, January 5 - 26, 1958.
"Japanese-American Watercolor Society Combined Watercolor Exhibition," Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, February 4 - March 3, 1958.
"Japanese-American Watercolor Society Combined Watercolor Exhibition," Isaac Delago Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 1 - 21, 1958.
"Japanese-American Watercolor Society Combined Watercolor Exhibition," Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa, May 4 - 25, 1958.
Dorothy Adlow, "From a Cushing Window," Christian Science Monitor, January 1, 1954, (illustrated).
The present painting was presented as a gift by Andrew and Betsy Wyeth in 1960 to The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester, where the artist''s aunt, Esther Brockius, resided from 1937 until the early 1950s. It hung in the main lobby along with Lot 44, a painting by N.C. Wyeth which was also a gift to The Hickman from Mrs. N.C. Wyeth in 1962.
The work depicts a view looking out of a house in East Friendship, Maine, where blueberry pickers are traversing the fields. Windows were a subject matter that Andrew Wyeth often returned to, having produced more than three hundred works on the theme. The current lot is an excellent example of this body of compositions, where the artist''s complex sensibilities are made more readily apparent framed by the geometry and transparency of window panes.
The present painting is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist''s work.
© 2016 Andrew Wyeth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Framed and in very good to excellent overall condition, the sheet sitting in frame -without tape hinges - under glass, with good color. Sheet has some uneven minor undulations, owing to the inherent qualities of the medium used. There is an approx. 1/2 inch tear at outer left edge of sheet located 11 3/4 inches below top left edge of sheet. The verso of the sheet has visible surface undulations, including a visible vertical crease at center left, some localized grayish discoloration (closer to grayish rubbing) and some adhesive residue of brown paper tape along parts of outer edges on the verso. At center left outer edge, front of sheet, below the 1/2 inch tear is a tiny amount of adhesive residue measuring approx. 7/16 x 1/8 of one inch, at widest. Also at center left edge, above the tiny amount of aforementioned residue and also below the 1/2 inch tear is an approx. 1/4 inch shaped, roughly linear loss to surface of sheet, with minor associated pigment loss. The very outer upper right corner is slightly rounded and with a tiny diagonal fold (as seen on the verso).
Frame: 37 5/8 x 29 1/2 in.
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